• Twitter abuse towards Cole for part in John Terry trial
• Ferdinand tweeted 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic!'
The fallout from John Terry's court case took a dramatic twist on Saturday when Rio Ferdinand reacted laughingly to the description of Ashley Cole as a "choc ice" on Twitter and the Chelsea left-back's lawyers felt obliged to become involved.
Cole acted as a defence witness for his club-mate Terry, who was on Friday cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton. The term "choc ice", commonly understood to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside", was used in reference to Cole in a tweet sent to Rio Ferdinand.
"Looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice," it read. "Then again he's always been a sell out. Shame on him."
Ferdinand responded in a tweet that was later deleted from his account: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!"
The Manchester United defender played dozens of times for England with Cole, who described himself at Terry's trial as a long-standing friend of the Ferdinand brothers. Cole told the court that Terry was not a racist.
Rio Ferdinand's tweet generated sizeable reaction, prompting him to return to Twitter to write: "And if I want to laugh at something someone tweets....I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a twist!"
The episode drew a response from Cole's lawyers: "Ashley Cole has been made aware of the discussion following comments appearing on Twitter and wishes to make it clear that he and Rio Ferdinand are good friends and Ashley has no intention of making any sort of complaint. Ashley appreciates that tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray comments."
Terry could face a Football Association disrepute charge despite being cleared in court. Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of the anti-racism group Kick It Out, told the Observer: "I am worried that this is a defining moment for the FA, to show it is a governing body prepared to keep to a high standard on the racism issue. If this incident, and the racial element of it, is not seen to be dealt with properly, there is the potential for black players to lose confidence in the authorities and withdraw their support for anti-racism campaigns." Read More
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