Rio Ferdinand denies FA charge

Rio Ferdinand has denied a Football Association charge of improper conduct.

Ferdinand was charged with comments made on Twitter after John Terry was last month acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand’s younger brother Anton during a trial at whichAshley Cole, the England international and team-mate of the Chelsea captain, appeared as a defence witness. The Manchester United defender responded to a tweet that characterised Cole as a “choc-ice” ÔÇô a term that can mean”black on the outside, white on the inside”

“Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter,” a statement from the FA said on their website.

“The allegation is that the player acted in a way which wasimproper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race.

“The player has requested a personal hearing.”