Man United star Rio hit with 45,000 fine from FA over Cole 'choc-ice' tweet
12:43 GMT, 17 August 2012
WHY RIO WAS FINED…
Click here to read the FA's commission's report on Manchester United defender Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has managed to escape a match ban but the Manchester United defender has been hit with a 45,000 fine by the Football Association for his crass tweet aimed at Ashley Cole.
The England international was charged with improper conduct by the FA after he acknowledged a comment on Twitter that referred to the Chelsea defender as a 'choc-ice'.
Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Ferdinand – who denied the charge – attended a secret hearing in London last Friday.
Waiting game: Rio Ferdinand (left) is set to discover if he will be punished by the FA
The FA said in a statement: 'Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been fined 45,000 after an independent regulatory commission found proven a charge of improper conduct in relation to a comment posted on Twitter.
'The commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute. In addition, the commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race.'
Ferdinand's former England team-mate
Cole appeared as a witness for John Terry when the Chelsea defender
appeared in court during the summer charged with making racist comments
to the United man's younger brother Anton.
Evidence: Ashley Cole (right) was called to testify at John Terry's trial
Terry was cleared of the charges but
soon after Ferdinand Snr appeared to endorse a tweet describing Cole as a
'choc ice, a slang term perceived as meaning black on the outside and
white on the inside.
Ferdinand tweeted: 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!'
Users began discussing the comments and reacting to them and Ferdinand wrote: 'And if I want to laugh at something someone tweets….I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a twist!'