Just recently the social actions of Kevin Pietersen made the news, and not in his favor. His supposedly ‘lol’ texts to his buddies in the South African team, including the captain, turned sour and resulted in him being dropped from the third test against them. And now another player of a different sport has been fined for his ‘harassing’ tweet.
This time it’s Rio Ferdinand who has been fined a sum of £45,000, around $70,000 imposed by the English Football Association for his twitter update on his teammate Ashley Cole. The tweet had Cole being described as “choc-ice”, a racist comment that violates the rules of the FA’s Regulatory Commission. The Commission is strictly against any comments, action or intention to another player with regards to his race, color, ethnicity or origin.
The officials have explained that such derogatory terms were just not allowed and reference to a person’s skin color is unacceptable. The term “choc-ice” was both discourteous and offensive. A former chair of the Commission explained that the term listed the player as having dark skin on the outside whereas inside they were a white. Such insulting terms were simply not allowed by any player. It is calling the player a fake, said the official.
The tweet was put up on July 14 but the decision to fine came on Friday. There is no appeal to be filed from Ferdinand. The FA added that though they did not think Ferdinand was a racist himself, his comments are against the regulatory rules and there had to be a fine imposed. Ferdinand has a huge following on his twitter account with over three million followers.
There have been supporters to Ferdinand who believe that the fine comes as completely unnecessary. They agree what happened should not have happened however Ferdinand is not the first such player to have done such a thing. There have been several other players who have posted, tweeted, written various comments and poked fun at their rivals and/or teammates.
He may not be the first to have tweeted such a comment but he is also not the first to be fined for such a conduct. There have been other players who have had to pay hefty fines for such cases. The Commission believes that the players need to act in a more responsible manner when it came to talking about another player.