Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45,000 by the Football Association over a "choc-ice" comment he posted on Twitter.
The charge relates to the 33-year-old's response to a message aimed at Chelsea full-back and former England team-mate Ashley Cole, following the acquittal of John Terry, who was cleared of racially abusing his brother Anton last month.
An independent regulatory commission proved the ruling, also warning the United veteran about his future conduct. A statement on the official FA website read: "The Commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute.
"In addition, the Commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race. Ferdinand was fined £45,000 and warned as to his future conduct."
Ferdinand reacted in amused fashion to the tweet which referenced a slang term to mean 'black on the outside, white on the inside', after Cole was called as a defence witness for Terry in court.
The personal hearing held last week is the latest in a growing list of incidents on the social networking site, and players have been warned by the Professional Football Association about how they use the media tool.