Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has labelled the decision to ban him for three games and fine him £25,000 as “ludicrous” with the FA also being accused of a double standard, according to the Telegraph.
And having learnt of his punishment, that also includes that Ferdinand attend an educational programme following his use of the term ‘sket’ (a slang term meaning promiscuous woman), he took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
He wrote on his account: “Is humour even allowed. I’m baffled! Ludicrous – I don’t mean the rapper.”
Ferdinand has received backing from a large number of Twitter users and after it was revealed that Iain Moody and Malky Mackay could escape any punishment for ‘sexist, racist and homophobic’ text messages there were calls of a double standard at the FA.
One Twitter user @flowingmindset tweeted the defender: “I can see that the FA have operated a double standard here. They have not prosecuted Mackay & Moody & Referee Elleray” to which he responded: “Preach!”
Referee’s chairman David Elleray could also find himself with no repercussions after being accused of making a racist remark to another official.
It is not clear whether Ferdinand will chose to appeal the ban or not, and it is thought he will wait for the written terms before considering action.
QPR team-mate and Twitter user Joey Barton supported the stance of the 35-year-old, who highlighted the ban extended to John Terry for the alleged racial abuse Ferdinand’s Anton.
Barton tweeted: “The punishment isn’t fitting of the crime in my opinion. Three games is violent conduct. Terry only got four games for racial abuse?”
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