Queens Parker Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined £25,000, the English Football Association announced Wednesday.
The FA had announced on Oct. 14 that Ferdinand had been charged for posting a comment on Twitter that was "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper." The FA did not specify which of Ferdinand's tweets was under consideration, but said it violated the rule against abusive language with regard to gender.
The punishment likely stems from a tweet Ferdinand sent on Sept. 1.
"Sket" is a slang term which is offensive to women.
Ferdinand, 35, announced last week that he plans to retire at the end of this season. He has played in the Premier League since 1996, primarily for Manchester United.
- Dan Gartland