Rio Ferdinand's missed drugs test
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RIO Ferdinand’s hopes of playing for England at Euro 2004 were dashed last night when his appeal against an eight-month ban for missing a drugs test was rejected.
HE may be the world’s most expensive defender - but Rio Ferdinand’s record transfer fee of £29.3million pales into insignificance in comparison to the cost to his career of an eight-month ban for missing a drugs test.
RIO Ferdinand is to appeal against his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test by submitting a sample of hair for laboratory analysis.
RIO FERDINAND may officially start his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test today, but it seems a conclusion to the long-running saga is still some way off.
RIO FERDINAND’S decision to begin his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test has been welcomed as "very conciliatory" by players’ union chief Gordon Taylor.
PLAYERS’ union chief Gordon Taylor wants to ensure the Rio Ferdinand drugs saga is the last of its kind.
HIS manager can’t save him now, his agent is out of the picture and not even his team-mates can help him out in defence - the only man who stands between Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand and the footballing doldrums is his lawyer.
SIR Alex Ferguson has insisted he will continue to back Rio Ferdinand until the furore over his failure to take a drugs test has finally been settled.
SEPP Blatter, the FIFA president, has blocked Rio Ferdinand’s path to civil action over his eight-month ban imposed for missing a drugs test.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has warned Rio Ferdinand and Manchester United they can expect "unprecedented repercussions" if they challenge the eight-month ban handed down by the FA in the civil courts.
RIO FERDINAND’S former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp has labelled the eight-month drugs ban meted out to the Manchester United and England defender "harsh".
RIO Ferdinand, football’s most expensive defender, was last night suspended for eight months and fined £50,000 by a three-man Football Association disciplinary committee after being found guilty of failing to take a drug test.
THE first day of Rio Ferdinand’s disciplinary hearing ended with a wall of silence at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium last night.
RIO Ferdinand is to argue that he was denied an opportunity to take a drugs test when he launches his defence against an FA misconduct charge in Bolton next week.
THE English Football Association were today reprimanded by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the delay in dealing with the Rio Ferdinand case and warned about their failure to implement rules on immediate suspensions for red cards.
THE prospect of Rio Ferdinand being hit with a lengthy ban intensified yesterday after the Football Association charged the player with misconduct for failing to take a drugs test.
ENGLAND full-back Gary Neville has launched a scathing attack on the Football Association over their handling of Rio Ferdinand’s missed drugs test.
FIFA has waded into the Rio Ferdinand drugs test row by warning the Football Association that it will intervene if it feels the FA is too lenient.