Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand hit with ban for tweetGetty

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been handed a three-match suspension after being hit with a FA misconduct charge for comments he made on Twitter.

The former England captain has been found guilty of tweeting "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper" content through his personal account.

The tweet was also a breach of FA Rule E3(2) as the comment included a reference to gender.

Ferdinand was also fined £25,000 and severely warned about his future conduct; he was also ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by the FA, within four months.

The 35-year-old, who joined QPR in the summer after being released by Manchester United, is a member of a high-profile FA commission looking at measures to improve English football.