In the aftermath of last month's trial, when Terry was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, the Manchester United defender responded to a tweet that characterised Chelsea defender
The term is slang to mean 'black on the outside, white on the inside', and was a reference to Cole's testimony in court, in which he said he never heard Terry make a racist remark to
Ferdinand was charged on Monday and a statement on the FA's website, www.thefa.com, read: "Manchester United's
"The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
"The player has requested a personal hearing."
It is understood the FA would prefer to deal with the matter before the new Premier League season gets underway on 18
However, with United about to embark on the second stage of its pre-season tour, it could easily spill into another season, 10 months after the initial altercation.
Earlier this week, FA chairman
However, at the same Wembley conference, influential Kick it Out anti-racism campaigner Lord Ousley said he was surprised Ferdinand had been charged because he had not instigated the Twitter conversation in the first place.
It is expected this would be a major component of Ferdinand's defence.
Precedent suggests Ferdinand is not thought to be at risk of an early season suspension.
Earlier this year, the 33-year-old's Manchester United team-mate
And this week, Arsenal's
English Premier League
Michael Laudrup has urged his Swansea side to remain motivated and claim a victory against Fulham which could see it finish best of the rest in the Barclays Premier League.