FA charges Ferdinand over tweet
QUEENS Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct over a comment he made on Twitter, said the Football Association.
The FA did not identify the post in question, but reports suggested that 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 on Tuesday.
"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 next Tuesday to respond to the charge. He has over 5.9 million followers on Twitter and is a prolific user of the social networking website.
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."
According to British media reports, the alleged offensive tweet was sent last month.
Ferdinand, who made 81 appearances for England, has had a difficult start at QPR. The team are bottom of the English Premier League, with four points from seven games.
The former Manchester United defender is a member of a commission set up by FA chairman Greg Dyke to investigate how to improve English football.