Rio suspended over Twitter comments

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The former England captain was sanctioned for his response to a jibe from a Twitter follower on 1 September, who said: "Maybe QPR will sign a good CB (centre-back) they need one."

Ferdinand replied by saying, "get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket".

The Collins English Dictionary defines the word 'sket' as "a promiscuous girl or woman".

The Football Association announced Ferdinand's ban in a statement on Wednesday, which read: "Queens Park Rangers 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.

"It was alleged a comment Ferdinand posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

"It was further alleged that this breach was aggravated pursuant to FA rule E3(2) as the comment included a reference to gender.

"Following an independent regulatory commission hearing on Wednesday 29 October, Ferdinand was also fined £25,000, severely warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by the FA within four months."

Ferdinand is a member of FA chairman Greg Dyke's commission looking at how to better English football.

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