London: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has denied that his “Choc Ice” tweet about Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was racist in any way, saying the term referred to some one who is a 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,” The BBC quoted Ferdinand’s tweet, as saying.
In the context in which the term was used ‘Choc Ice’ relates to the black and white nature of the confectionary, when an individual is supposedly being black on the outside and white on the inside.
Cole appeared in court as a defence witness for teammate John Terry, who was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand``s brother, Anton Ferdinand.
However, lawyers for Cole said he would not be complaining, as both of them are good friends.
Cole``s statement said: “Ashley Cole has been made aware of the discussion following comments appearing on Twitter and wishes to make it clear that he and Rio Ferdinand are good friends and Ashley has no intention of making any sort of complaint.”
“Ashley appreciates that tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray comments,” the statement added.
Earlier, Ferdinand, who has played many times alongside Cole and Terry for England, received a tweet which said: “Looks like Ashley Cole’s going to be their choc ice. Then again he’s always been a sell out. Shame on him.”
The former England captain, responded by saying: “I hear you fella! Choc Ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!”
After Twitter users began to discuss his comments, he again tweeted: “And if I want to laugh at something someone tweets....I will! Hahahahaha! Now stop getting ya knickers in a twist!”
Ferdinand later removed the initial tweet.