Improper conduct charge relates to comments on Twitter
From the BBC Sport website
The BBC reports today that Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct in relation to comments made on Twitter.
Ferdinand denied he was being racist after responding to a tweet describing Chelsea's Ashley Cole as a "choc ice".
The term used relates to the black and white nature of the confectionery and can imply someone is being black on the outside and white on the inside.
Ferdinand, 33, has until 16:00 BST on 2 August to respond to the charge.
A statement on the FA websiteread: "The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."
Chelsea and England left-back Cole appeared in court as a defence witness for team-mate John Terry, who was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother, Anton, in a game on 23 October last year.
Terry has since been charged with improper conduct by the FA for the alleged comments he made to Anton Ferdinand, a charge he has vowed to contest.
Terry, 31, is alleged to have used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" in the 23 October match.
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 SRtRC films.