The FA have today announced that Rio Ferdinand has been charged for comments he made on Twitter in reference to Ashley Cole, who gave evidence in defence of John Terry in his trial following allegations of racism towards Rio’s brother, Anton.

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

The term “choc ice” is referring to someone who betrays their race, being “black” on the outside and “white” on the inside.

Rio’s parents were in court, tutting and shaking their heads when Cole claimed to be a friend of the Ferdinand family.

It’s hard to see how Rio laughing at the comment of someone else is “bringing the game in to disrepute” but that doesn’t change the fact it was ridiculously stupid for our defender to say anything.

With Evans and Smalling injured, and Vidic battling to come back from an injury that has seen him out of action since December, we may now have to go to Goodison Park without Rio too. It’s hard for justify players keeping their Twitter accounts when their stupidity on their could cost their team points.