Rio Ferdinand's Twitter Comment Infuriates Football Association

Updated: 15 October 2014 10:30 IST

Although the exact comment that landed him in trouble is not known, reports suggest veteran England footballer Rio Ferdinand had insulted the mother of a fellow Twitter user.

Rio Ferdinand's Twitter Comment Infuriates Football Association
A Twitter user felt QPR needs a better centre-back which infuriated Rio Ferdinand. © AFP

London:

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct over a comment he made on Twitter, the Football Association announced on Tuesday. (Complete coverage of EPL action)

The FA did not identify the posting in question, but reports suggested it concerned a tweet in which Ferdinand had referred to the mother of another Twitter user as a "sket" -- a derogatory slang term for a promiscuous woman.

"Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged by The FA for misconduct in relation to a comment he made via social media," the FA said in a statement on its website.

"It is alleged the comment posted on his Twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper. It is further alleged that this breach is aggravated pursuant to FA Rule E3(2) as it included a reference to gender."

Ferdinand, 35, has until October 21 to respond to the charge. A Twitter user provoked the tweet that appears to have landed Ferdinand in hot water by sending him a teasing message on transfer deadline day that said: "Maybe QPR will sign a good CB (centre-back) they need one."

Ferdinand replied: "get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket."

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, who won 81 caps for England, is a member of a commission set up by FA chairman Greg Dyke to investigate how to improve English football. He has over 5.9 million followers on Twitter and is a prolific user of the social networking website.



Topics : Queens Park Rangers Rio Ferdinand English Premier League Football
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