Rio Ferdinand charged with misconduct over tweet

Queens Park Rangers defender and member of the FA’s football commission Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association over a comment made on Twitter and could face a fine, the Telegraph has reported.

Ferdinand’s work and growing influence had seen him touted as a potential successor to Jim Boyce as the British vice-president on FIFA’s executive.

But this has not saved him from trouble and the 35-year-old has been charged and given until the 21st of October to respond.

While the tweet in question has not been specified but it is thought that it relates to one sent at the start of September in response to a fan mocking the former Manchester United captain – with the player appearing to abuse the mother of Twitter user ManCunian56.

Ferdinand was tagged in a Tweet that read: “Maybe QPR will sign a good CB they need one.”

In response to this Ferdinand wrote: “Get ya mum in, she plays the field well son! #sket,” a term that is slang for a promiscuous girl or woman.

A formal complaint was raised to the FA before it was passed to the disciplinary team who have alleged that Ferdinand breached FA rule E3(2) – as the abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper comments included a reference to gender.

Ferdinand will only face an off-field punishment if at the end of proceedings he is found guilty.

However this is not the first time the defender has been caught out on Twitter for comments, and two years ago was fined £45,000 by the FA for referring to Ashley Cole as a “choc ice”.

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