Ferdinand demands personal hearing in appeal against FA charge over 'choc ice' tweet allegedly aimed at Cole
16:25 GMT, 2 August 2012
Rio Ferdinand has vowed to fight his FA charge over the ‘choc ice’ tweet.
The Manchester United defender has appealed after the FA charged him with making improper comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
The initial ‘choc ice’ remark about Ashley Cole came two days after the Chelsea defender gave evidence on behalf of team-mate John Terry in his race trial concerning Ferdinand’s brother Anton.
Ferdinand initially responded to a tweet accusing Cole of being a ‘choc ice’ — street slang for being black on the outside and white on the inside.
Charged: Rio Ferdinand is in bother over a comment he responded to on Twitter
Ferdinand tweeted: ‘I hear you fella!
Choc ice is classic. Hahahahahaha!!’ He later deleted the tweet and
claimed on Twitter that it was slang for someone being ‘fake’.
An FA statement read: 'Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has today [Thursday 2 August] denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.
'The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race. The player has requested a personal hearing.'
Testimony: Ashley Cole gave evidence at John Terry's trial at the start of July
The Ferdinand charge came on the day
it emerged that the FA’s case against Terry will dog Roy Hodgson’s
preparations for England’s August 15 friendly against Italy.
Terry requested a personal hearing
after being charged under Rule E3 for allegedly making racist remarks
towards Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October. Terry’s legal team
must agree on a mutually acceptable date for the case to be heard.
Hodgson has been told he can continue
to pick the deposed England skipper, but the ongoing case will be a
cloud over the first international of the season.