This week Rio Ferdinand was banned for three games and fined $40,000 for making a “your mom” joke on Twitter.
Naturally, he responded by slamming the decision. On Twitter.
The QPR defender wrote on Friday:
A day earlier he composed a tweet in praise of the Red Bull Culture Clash music contest:
He also sent a tweet saying “preach!!” in response to a user named @flowingmindset who said the English FA were operating a double standard by likely not charging former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and the club’s ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody for a slew of sexist, racist and homophobic offensive text messages.
Well, at least the man sticks to his guns. But for English footballers, free speech ain’t free.
As the Guardian points out, the FA has raked in close to $600,000 in social media fines since 2011, with the cash register ka-chinging to the tune of $140,000 in 2012 when Ashley Cole called English soccer’s governing body a “bunch of twats.”