In ‘is this really the society we live in?’ news, it has been announced that the FA have charged Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct after he called Ashley Cole a ‘choc ice’ on Twitter.

The tweet was written during the trial of John Terry, who was accused (and then found NOT guilty – shock) of racially aggravating Rio’s brother Anton Ferdinand. Rio had responded to a Twitter follower who’d suggested that Ashley Cole was bound to act like a choc ice while giving his statement in court. In effect, saying that Ashley would stand up for Terry because he is white on the inside.

Rio agreed and tweeted:

I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahaha!!

However, little did Rio know that while Terry escaped without charge for allegedly calling Anton a ‘black c***’, he was being investigated for the almost pathetic and hardly insulting comparison of his fellow England team mate to an ice cream.

In a not-so-cunning act of back peddling, Rio later attempted to claim the choc ice reference was not racist and was in fact just slang:

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.

Racist or not, the FA still weren’t convinced that the comment was harmless and released an official statement on their website:

The FA has today charged Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

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.

Ferdinand has until 4pm on 2 August 2012 to respond to the charge.

It looks like the other footballers are going to have to watch what they say now they’re being charged for making jokes about ice cream.