[QODLink]
Football
Police probe ‘choc-ice’ tweet
Fallout from John Terry racism case continues as British police investigate racist taunt against Ashley Cole.
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2012 14:23
The United defender was forced to defend his response to a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole as a 'choc ice', insisting it was not a racist term [GALLO/GETTY]

Police in the English county of Derbyshire announced on Tuesday they are investigating alleged racist comments made on Twitter involving Chelsea player Ashley Cole and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Cole, who gave evidence at team mate John Terry's racism trial last week, was labelled 'choc-ice' by a Twitter user thought to live in Britain.

The user posted a message to 33-year-old Ferdinand shortly after Terry had been cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week.

Ferdinand reaction

Former England captain Terry was accused of abusing Ferdinand's younger brother Anton during an English Premier League match between Chelsea and QPR.

"Looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice," said a tweet directed to Ferdinand.

"Then again he's always been a sell out. Shame on him."

Ferdinand replied with: "I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!"

The term 'choc-ice' is understood to have racial connotations meaning a person is 'black on the outside' and 'white on the inside'. Ferdinand deleted the post but it was captured by Twitter users who spread it across the social networking site.

He defended his actions claiming the tweets were 'slang' for someone who is acting 'fake'.

"What I said yesterday is not a racist term. It's a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there," he posted.

Complaints have since been filed by the public to Derbyshire Constabulary who issued a statement confirming they were investigating alleged racist comments directed at Cole.

"Derbyshire Constabulary has received complaints from members of the public regarding alleged racist comments made on a social networking site," a statement said on Tuesday.

"These concerns will be fully investigated to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed."

294

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The world's newest professional sport comes from an unlikely source: video games.
The group's takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.
Protests and online activism in recent months have brought a resurgence of ethnic Oromo nationalism in Ethiopia.
Chemotherapy is big business, but some US doctors say it could be overused and are pushing for cheaper and better care.
Amid vote audit and horse-trading, politicians of all hues agree a compromise is needed to avoid political instability.
join our mailing list