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Rio Ferdinand banned for three matches after derogatory Twitter comments

The QPR defender has also been fined £25,000.

Ferdinand joined QPR this season after leaving Manchester United.
Ferdinand joined QPR this season after leaving Manchester United.
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QPR DEFENDER RIO Ferdinand has today been banned for three matches and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on Twitter.

The former Manchester United defender directed a reply on Twitter last month at a woman, using the word “sket”. The Collins English Dictionary defines the word as “a promiscuous girl or woman”.

After a Twitter user sent the message “Maybe QPR will sign a good CB (centre-back) they need one”, Ferdinand replied by saying “get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket”.

The FA’s statement released today said:

“Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches commencing with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven.

“It was alleged a comment Ferdinand posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

“It was further alleged that this breach was aggravated pursuant to FA rule E3(2) as the comment included a reference to gender.

“Following an independent regulatory commission hearing on Wednesday 29 October, Ferdinand was also fined £25,000, severely warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by the FA within four months.”

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