Rio Ferdinand will not appeal 'sket' ban because he thinks the FA system is flawed

QPR defender was banned for three-matches after using the word on Twitter

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Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand will not appeal against his three-match ban for using the word 'sket' on social media.

The former England defender, 35, is furious at the severity of his ban but, according to the Daily Telegraph, believes it is futile to challenge the verdict because the entire system is flawed.

The written reasons for the three-match ban are expected to be made public in the next day.

The Football Association's disciplinary process has a conviction rate of more than 99 per cent, with cases judged by an 'independent' regulatory commission, although the members are appointed by the FA.

The word 'sket' is slang for a promiscuous woman, while this was Ferdinand's second offence on social media. Ferdinand has previously described the punishment, which included a £25,000 fine and mandatory education course as "ludicrous".

The former Manchester United centre-back is said to be so angry that he will cease his work with the FA, despite previously offering his input into Greg Dyke's England commission.

It is believed that Ferdinand feels that the FA is guilty of double standards by ignoring offences by Iain Moody and Malky Mackay in the text message scandal and former referees' chairman David Ellaray, who avoided a sanction earlier this year after being accused of making a racist comment to another official.

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