Rio Ferdinand hit with three-match ban for Twitter comments

Rio Ferdinand of QPR and Nikica Jelevic of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014
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Rio Ferdinand is hit with a three-match ban by the FA for comments that he made on social media.

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been hit with a three-match ban and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for comments that he made on social media.

The 35-year-old has also been "severely warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by the FA within four months".

Ferdinand was charged with misconduct on October 14 after it was alleged that he "included a reference to gender" in a comment that he posted on Twitter.

The former England captain, who joined QPR from Manchester United over the summer, has nearly six million followers on the social media site.

Rio Ferdinand of QPR and Nikica Jelevic of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014
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