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QPR veteran Ferdinand levels scapegoat claims at FA

QPR veteran Rio Ferdinand has again claimed he's been made an FA scapegoat over his Twitter controversy

Ferdinand insulted a fan and his mother on Twitter, using the word 'sket' - slang for a promiscuous female - in response to a humdrum Tweet.

He was given a three-match ban and £25,000 fine by the FA. It was the second time in two years Ferdinand had been reprimanded on Twitter after being fined £45,000 for appearing to endorse a description of Ashley Cole as a "choc ice".

"They have many, many bigger issues going on that needed a lot more attention than my ban," he told the Independent.

"I have got used to being made an example over the years when it comes to the FA. I didn't speak to one person who said they agreed with the sanctions - and I never said I was right.

"I just think the severity of the ban and everything else to do with it was crazy. There was no realism with what they did.

"Someone has got to be made an example and the FA thinks it is good to make me that guy. I am used to it now."

The tweet in question:

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