Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been handed a three match suspension and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for a comment he made on Twitter.
The punishment is believed to be consequence of a comment where the ex-England international used the Jamaican slang world “sket”, which is defined as “a promiscuous girl in her late teens or 20’s”.
The 35-year-old has also been “severely warned as to his future conduct and told to attend an education programme arranged by the FA.
Ferdinand wrote the tweet in question in reply to a message sent to him suggesting QPR needed a new centre-back.
The primary tweet which tagged the ex-Manchester United centre-back’s handle read: “Maybe QPR will sign a good CB (centre back) they need one” and he responded: “get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket.”
He will miss this weekend’s home game against leaders Chelsea, the ‘R’s’ trip to Manchester City on 8 November and Newcastle’s visit on November 22.
Ferdinand earned a total of 81 England caps before retiring in May 2013. He is a member of FA chairman Greg Dyke’s commission looking at how to improve English football.