Rio Ferdinand banned over derogatory tweet
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 (S$51,000) for a comment he made on Twitter, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old former England captain was apparently punished for a tweet in which he referred to the mother of another Twitter user as a “sket” – a derogatory slang term for a promiscuous woman.
A Twitter user provoked the tweet that appeared to land 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.”
Ferdinand, who said last week that he would probably retire at the end of the season, has over 5.9 million followers on Twitter and is a prolific user of the social networking website.
Here are some of the reactions from the Twitterverse:
Source: AFP, Twitter