Man Utd defender found guilty of improper conduct
According to the BBC and other outlets Rio Ferdinand has been found guilty of 'improper conduct' and fined £45,000 over comments on twitter.
Rio had commented positively on a tweet referring to Ashley Cole as a "choc ice".
The term relates to the black and white nature of a choc ice and can imply someone is being 'black on the outside' and 'white on the inside'.
"The commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race," read an FA statement.
Rio was also warned as to his future conduct. Manchester United have decided not to appeal against the decision.
In bringing their charge, the FA made it clear they did not feel Ferdinand was a racist, rather that he had acted improperly.
Rio is an Honorary Patron of Show Racism the Red Card and a Hall of Fame member. He has been a long time-supporter of the campaign and can be seen in this film at an educational event at Old Trafford in 2009 talking to young people about racism. Rio has appeared on many of SRtRC's educational films.