30/07/2012 15:04, Report by Steve Bartram

FA charges Ferdinand

The Football Association has today charged Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter.

A statement on the FA's official website confirmed: "The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

Rio has until 16:00 BST on Thursday 2 August, 2012 to respond to the charge.

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