• Ferdinand's 'choc ice' reference deemed improper conduct
• Manager warns defender you can't take it back
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Rio Ferdinand to be careful when tweeting in future after the defender was fined £45,000 by the Football Association for his reference to the term "choc ice" on the social forum. Ferdinand was found guilty of improper conduct in a case where Lord Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, testified against him.
Ferguson said: "Although Rio is mature he has still got to remember that one word can make a difference on these things, you can't [take] it back." The manager questioned why Ferdinand had been charged by the FA. "I think that [the verdict] was almost certain,, they wouldn't [have] put a closed door on this thing," he said of the FA's Independent Commission, which heard the case secretly. "The only thing that surprises me is players have tweeted for years and it's not been challenged by the FA. His status in the game has caused that, who he plays for could be another issue.
"I don't understand Twitter, I don't know why anyone should get involved with it ...