FA hands Ferdinand a 3-match ban

By on October 31, 2014

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand will miss the next three games for Queens Park Rangers after he received a ban from the FA for tweeting a message containing gender demeaning remarks. After consideration, the FA decided that the former Manchester United defender’s comment was ‘abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper that included a ‘reference to gender’.

He was said to have referred to someone’s mother as a ‘sket’. Several dictionaries define a ‘sket’ has a whore as mainly used in the Caribbean islands.

The FA has on its website stated that: ‘Queens Park Ranger 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. Rio, apart from his 3-match ban must now attend a FA education programme within four months. The veteran defender has also been sternly warned about his future utterances.

The length of his ban is believed to have been drawn further because since the 14th of October when the charge was issued, Rio refused to respond.

Also on the FA’s website, it was also revealed that the defenders statements are a breach in pursuant to FA Rule E3 (2) as the comment included a reference to gender.

It is still mysterious why the FA handled Rio’s case with such severity as they are yet to make any decision concerning the actions of Iain Moody and Malky Mackay whose comments in the Textgate scandal few weeks ago. Both of them were accused of sending and receiving sexist, homophobic and racist messages.

Many have pointed out that Rio is a role model to many as the Englishman enjoys a wide followership evident from his 5.9million followers on Twitter. The defender is also an ambassador for BT Sport and had worked as a pundit for the BBC. As a result of his large fan base, critics have maintained that such a public figure should be mindful of his utterances. The organisations he represents have been mute over the development but it is certain that they won’t be happy with the situation.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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