Arsenal's Frimpong in Twitter trouble after 'yid' outburst
Rio Ferdinand also in the doghouse over Ashley Cole 'choc-ice' comment
RIO FERDINAND has been joined on football's Twitter naughty step by Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong after he got embroiled in a row with a Spurs fan on the social networking site and referred to Tottenham supporters as 'yids'.
The Arsenal man's unfortunate comment came after Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand stoked the embers of the John Terry race trial over the weekend by apparently describing Chelsea and England full back Ashley Cole as a "choc-ice" - a term used to describe someone who is black on the outside and white on the inside.
Both Frimpong and Ferdinand now face the possibility of an investigation by the FA for their outbursts as the issue of racism continues to overshadow the game.
Frimpong lost his temper on Sunday after receiving abuse from a Spurs fan. The midfielder, who is recovering from a knee injury, asked his half-a-million followers to "pray" for him if they were going to church on Sunday.
However one Tottenham fan wrote back saying: "I prayed you break your arms and legs" prompting Frimpong to react by calling them a "Scum Yid".
"The post was swiftly removed by Frimpong, but soon sparked great debate on the social network site among supporters from both Arsenal and Tottenham," reported the London Evening Standard.
Perhaps seeking to justify his use of the epithet, Frimpong later retweeted a comment from another Spurs fan saying he was saddened by abuse aimed at the Arsenal player and was "embarrassed to be a yid".
The term 'yid' has long been used to describe Spurs fans because of the club's connections to the Jewish community in north London. Some fans have adopted the term, but others, including Jewish comedian David Baddiel, have campaigned against it because of its anti-Semitic connotations.
Even some Arsenal fans were unimpressed and linked the furore to the trial of Chelsea captain John Terry. One blogger, The Marble Halls, called on Frimpong to apologise and said: "We wouldn't accept language like that if it came out of the mouth of John Terry so you better be sure we shouldn't accept it when it comes from one of our own."
As for Ferdinand, he has tried to play down the 'choc-ice' row by insisting that the slur does not have racial overtones but is simply "slang for someone who is being fake".
Cole, too, has tried to soothe the situation by issuing a statement that claimed he and Ferdinand were "good friends". He also cut to the heart of the matter when he noted: "Tweeting is so quick it often results in off-hand and stray comments."
That is a charitable view from Cole, who was racially abused on the site after missing a penalty during England's shoot-out with Italy at Euro 2012. He has an official account on the website which has been dormant for almost a year, but it still attracts plenty of hate mail from fans of his ex-wife Cheryl Cole.