Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with improper conduct over comments he posted on Twitter, the Football Association have announced.

In the aftermath of John Terry's recent trial, when the Chelsea captain was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton, the United stopper responded to a Tweet that characterised Terry's team-mate Ashley Cole, who was a defence witness in the trial, as a 'choc-ice'.

The term - understood to mean 'black on the outside, white on the inside', was a reference to the full-backs testimony in court, where Cole said he never heard Terry make a racist remark in the Premier League game at Loftus Road last October.

A statement on the FA's website earlier today read: "The FA has today charged Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

"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."

The 33-year-old will have until 4pm on Thursday 2nd August to respond to the charge.

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