Rio: Choc ice jibe isn’t racist

MANCHESTER United star Rio Ferdinand has attempted to quell accusations of racism after he referred to Chelsea’s Ashley Cole as a “choc ice”, insisting he was merely calling his England colleague “fake”.

Ferdinand made the controversial comments on Twitter on Saturday, 24 hours after Cole’s Chelsea colleague Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton, of QPR, during a match in October.

Cole, who is mixed race, appeared in court as a witness for Terry’s legal team. “Choc ice” can be used as shorthand for “black on the outside, white on the inside”, and Ferdinand’s use of the phrase provoked outcry.

But he replied on Sunday: “What I wrote yesterday was not a racist term. It’s a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there.”

Terry may yet face a Football Association charge for his remarks towards Anton Ferdinand.