Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is being fined £45,000 for ‘improper’ Tweets regarding England teammate Ashley Cole.
The FA charged the former England captain after he laughed at a comment on Twitter referring to the Chelsea fullback as ‘choc ice’ – a name used to label a black person as white on the inside.
The comments followed the trial of another former Three Lions captain John Terry who was cleared of racial aggravation charges against Ferdinand’s brother Anton.
An FA spokesman said: “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 was warned about his future conduct and both the FA and Manchester United were served the reasons on Wednesday August 15 and the deadline for appeal passed at noon yesterday.
Ferdinand replied to the Tweet by a member of the public referring to Cole and said: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!"