Ferdinand fined $88,000 over 'choc ice' tweet
LONDON (AFP) - The Football Association (FA) on Friday fined Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand 45,000 pounds (S$88,000) for improper conduct over comments he made on Twitter relating to the John Terry racism trial.
Chelsea captain Terry was found not guilty last month of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, Rio's brother, during a Premier League game on Oct 23, 2011, although he is also now contesting a FA charge over the same incident.
During the trial, Ferdinand appeared to endorse a tweet by another user of the micro-blogging website which described Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who gave evidence on behalf of Terry in the trial, as a "choc ice".
The term is understood to mean someone who is black on the outside but white on the inside.