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Rio Fined £45k By FA

Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45k by the FA following his “choc ice” remark on Twitter. Rio had been charged with acting “in a way which was improper and/or bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”

A fan tweeted Rio and called Ashley Cole a “choc ice”, implying that he had betrayed his own race when supporting John Terry in his racial abuse case against Anton Ferdinand. Rio replied to the tweet saying: “I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!”

Rio had a private hearing last Friday in London and denied the charge. The charge has been found proven but he won’t face a match ban. He has been fined £45k and warned about his future conduct.

Read the FA disciplinary findings in full.

In 2004, Luis Aragones was caught on camera calling Thierry Henry a “black shit”. He was initially fined £2k but in 2007 won an appeal.

“I am a citizen of the world,” he said in his defence. “Some of my best friends are black, including those I have known since childhood. The fact I make a joke in order to motivate a player does not mean I am racist in the slightest.”

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  1. Costas says:

    Knowing how the FA operate, it could have been a lot worse. Carrick won’t play in defence on Monday. :D

  2. new ronaldoBilal says:


  3. redseven says:

    thank god he wasn’t banned with evans, smalling and jonesy out injured!

  4. Gentle says:

    I don’t have anything against him & I have contacted my lawyer but I will not take d case further or report to any authorities. What an irony! Indirectly ashley cole reported Rio. Thank God is just a fine not ban

  5. advice and help says:

    If Rio gets £45k for laughing at something sent to him via twitter…..lets see the consistency with Scumbag Terry…the FA have made a rod for their own back and need to be consistent….but i bet as the scumbag is not a United player he will get a rap on the knuckles

  6. Bred Red says:

    Well well well, no surprise there, The F.A have only got to hear Rio Ferdinand’s name and they rub their sticky fingered hands together. How can a person be found racist when he jokes about hisd own race? It seems the F.A have placed themselves so far above reality churches will be built with the money they extort from players. I woinder if there will be parity when the ‘hear’ evidence in the John Terry case. I doubt it!!!

  7. denton davey says:

    Was this fair ? Where does free speech end and racial abuse begin ? In the circumstances – after the “not proven” verdict against EBJT – Rio’s little comment put the FA between a rock-and-a-hard-place. If he can’t edit himself, he should be silent. I doubt very much that the FA panel was composed of his “peers”. Most of all, does Rio have any common sense ?

  8. Red Devil says:

    Phew….thats pocket change to him…Glad its over…
    The drink’s are all on Carrick at the bar tonight ;)

  9. xol says:

    Don’t pay it Rio.

  10. . says:

    stupid thing to say online, pay fine and learn, move on fast please

    all this twitting is for little girls, ‘so there’

  11. Dr. Mico says:

    I get it that he was pissed with Cashley Hole bailing JTCLLC out. But it was a complete lack of judgement to repeat the ‘choc-ice’ comment. He scored an own goal on this one. Lesson learnt. Now let’s move on.

  12. ak47 says:

    So Tevez raises a banner saying RIP Fergie, not so much as a eyelash fluttered by the FA. Rio RETWEETS! not even uses his own words and gets a 45k fine.

    Nice to know the FA are keeping up with their tag of incompetent morons


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