Anorak | Manchester United and QPR Sket Balls: Rio Ferdinand is a role model, say FA

Manchester United and QPR Sket Balls: Rio Ferdinand is a role model, say FA

by | 5th, November 2014

BANS in football are often arbitrary and baffling. Teams with racist fans have been charged less amounts than fans carrying flares and one player can spit in an opponent’s face and get a lesser ban than someone throwing a punch.

So with that, we come to the sticky problem that is Manchester United legend and QPR makeweight Rio Ferdinand.

If you missed it, Rio used the word ‘sket’ in a tweet. If you don’t know what sket means, it is either ‘a woman who is considered to be of loose morals’ or, more accurately, a lady who only wants to have sex with black men. Okay? All clear.

Ferdinand has been banned for three matches and given a £25,000 fine. The QPR defender will also have to go on a mandatory education course. Rio has labelled the whole thing as “ludicrous”. However, he will not be challenging the punishment, instead, preferring to accept it and get it out of the way. Also, it is clear that challenging the verdict is an exercise in futility.

The FA, meanwhile, have said that the severity of the punishment is mainly to do with Ferdinand being a role model.

“With nearly 6m followers, Mr Ferdinand is clearly an experienced Twitter user and should know better,” said the FA. “He is, without doubt, a role model for many young people. His responsibility is therefore that much greater.”

Last week, Ferdinand posted a message on Twitter that read: “Is humour even allowed. I’m baffled! Ludicrous I don’t mean the rapper.”

Rio is said to be so angry at the whole matter, that he’s unlikely to accept any invitations to work with the FA. Rumours are that Ferdinand feels that the FA is guilty of double standards by punishing

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