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FA charge for Ferdinand

Published: Wednesday 29 October 2003, 18.33CET
Manchester United FC defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association.

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Published: Wednesday 29 October 2003, 18.33CET

FA charge for Ferdinand

Manchester United FC defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association.

Manchester United FC defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct by the English Football Association (FA) for "failure or refusal" to take a drugs test.

Drugs test
The England international did not attend a random drugs test at United's Carrington training ground on 23 September, although he subsequently passed a test 36 hours after the original one had been booked to take place.

Lesser charge
The FA had delayed pressing charges against the 24-year-old defender until they had fully investigated all the evidence surrounding the case, including the player's mobile phone records. Ferdinand has 14 days to respond to the charge.

Last updated: 29/10/03 18.56CET

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