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Rio Ferdinand denies 'choc ice' charge, requests personal hearing

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Rio Ferdinand has responded to the Football Association's charge of improper conduct against him.

The Manchester United footballer was charged in relation to a tweet about Chelsea player Ashley Cole.

Rio Ferdinand at new Halo game launch

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Rio had replied to a message suggesting Ashley Cole would be a "choc ice" in the trial of John Terry, who was accused of racially abusing Rio's brother Anton.

He has requested a personal hearing over charge, and has denied any wrongdoing.

An FA statement read: "Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has today [Thursday, August 2] denied an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

"The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

"The player has requested a personal hearing."

Rio had previously denied that the tweet was racist, saying: "What I said yesterday is not a racist term. Its a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there."

Arsenal footballer Emmanuel Frimpong was recently fined £6,000 by the FA over comments he made about a Tottenham fan on Twitter.

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