Rio Ferdinand's missed drugs test

Rio Ferdinand's missed drugs test

Tears flow, but Ferdinand decides against appeal

RIO Ferdinand said yesterday he will not launch a second appeal against his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test - and then revealed how he was reduced to tears by the Football Association’s disciplinary action.

Ferdinand won't launch second appeal

RIO FERDINAND has decided not to go ahead with a second appeal against his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test.

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Ferdinand to miss Euro 2004 as appeal fails

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.

Ferdinand left to count cost of ban

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.

Ferdinand in hair appeal

RIO Ferdinand is to appeal against his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test by submitting a sample of hair for laboratory analysis.

End to Ferdinand saga still a long way off

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.

Ferdinand praised over ban decision

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.

Taylor: Rio saga must be the last

PLAYERS’ union chief Gordon Taylor wants to ensure the Rio Ferdinand drugs saga is the last of its kind.

When the ball lands in court

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.

Ferguson gives full backing to Ferdinand

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.

Rio denied civil action

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.

Blatter forbids Old Trafford legal challenge

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 finds a defender in Redknapp over his ban

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".

Ferdinand's ruled out of Euro finals

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.

Ferdinand prepares to tell FA his side of story

THE first day of Rio Ferdinand’s disciplinary hearing ended with a wall of silence at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium last night.

Ferdinand pins hopes on drugs-test denial

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.

Blatter critical of FA

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.

Ferdinand on misconduct charge

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.

Neville kicks back at FA over Rio

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 warns FA over Ferdinand

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.

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