Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association in relation to comments posted on Twitter.
denied he was being racist
after responding to a tweet describing Chelsea's Ashley Cole as a "choc ice".
Rio Ferdinand factfile
8 November 1978, Peckham
West Ham, Bournemouth (loan), Leeds, Manchester United
Man Utd appearances:
The term used relates to the black and white nature of the confectionery and can imply someone is being black on the outside and white on the inside.
Ferdinand, 33, has until 16:00 BST on 2 August to respond to the charge.
statement on the FA website
read: "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."
Chelsea and England left-back
Cole appeared in court as a defence witness for team-mate John Terry,
who was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother, Anton, in a game on
23 October last year.
Terry has since been charged with improper conduct
by the FA for the alleged comments he made to Anton Ferdinand, a charge he has vowed to contest.
Terry, 31, is alleged to have used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" in the 23 October match.