Rio Ferdinand denies FA charge of improper conduct
Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has contested a Football Association charge of improper conduct in relation to comments he posted on Twitter.
The England defender earlier denied that he was being racist after responding to a tweet describing Chelsea’s Ashley Cole as a “choc ice”.
He said a tweet he was sent about Cole was “classic”. Lawyers for Cole said he would not be complaining.
Ferdinand has now requested a personal hearing with the FA.
Ferdinand is lying.
And here is an explanation of the term, ‘choc ice’:
What does ‘choc ice’ mean?
Former NBA basketball player, psychologist and educator
“It is the idea that a black person is black only in skin colour but inside they are really white. It’s a highly derogatory term. It’s a dangerous term because it allows black boys especially but black people in general, to believe that there is a way of being black that is somehow distinct from being white. There are people that think if you don’t wear a certain type of clothing or listen to a certain type of music you’re not really black. It’s a really dangerous thing. There are black boys who do less well in school because they believe by doing well there, they are acting white. To me, this is devastating for black boys and black people everywhere. It’s a deeply offensive term with racial connotations.”
Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18847477