Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been handed a three-match ban and fined £25,000 by the FA after being charged with misconduct for making an abusive comment on Twitter.
Ferdinand become embroiled in a row with a Twitter follower last month who made a remark about his club QPR needing to sign a good centre-half.
The former England captain responded on September 1 by tweeting: ‘Get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket'
According to dictionaries, "sket" is an offensive Caribbean term, and the FA received a number of complaints from members of the public.
A statement on the FA website read: ‘It is alleged the comment posted on his Twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper. It is further alleged that this breach is aggravated pursuant to FA Rule E3(2) as it included a reference to gender.’
Ferdinand has until Tuesday to respond but it remains unclear whether the 35-year-old will contest the charge.
He has also been ordered to attend an education programme arranged by the FA within four months.