Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45,000 by the Football Association over a comment posted on Twitter.
The charge arose from Ferdinand's response to a Twitter message that characterised Chelsea defender Ashley Cole as a "choc-ice" and a personal hearing was held last week.
The FA has confirmed the charge has been found to be proven by an independent regulatory commission and Ferdinand has also been warned as to his future conduct.
In a statement on its official website, the FA said: "The Commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute.
"In addition, the Commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race. Ferdinand was fined £45,000 and warned as to his future conduct."
Cole was a defence witness when John Terry was acquitted in July of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender.
Ferdinand reacted in an amused fashion to the "choc-ice" Tweet which came from another Twitter user.
It is a term which is slang to mean "black on the outside, white on the inside", and was a reference from its original writer to Cole's testimony in court.
The Chelsea full-back told the court he did not hear Terry make a racist remark to Anton Ferdinand during the match between Chelsea and QPR at Loftus Road in October.