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Rio Ferdinand suspended, will miss Chelsea match

Jamie McDonald

The FA today announced that they'll be suspending QPR defender Rio Ferdinand for the next three matches, due to some controversial remarks he made on Twitter. This probably wouldn't be relevant news at all, except that QPR's next opponent happens to be Jose Mourinho's Blues.

Here's what the FA had to say on their website:

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches commencing with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven.

It was alleged a comment Ferdinand posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

It was further alleged that this breach was aggravated pursuant to FA Rule E3(2) as the comment included a reference to gender.

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 29 October, Ferdinand was also fined £25,000, severely warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by The FA within four months.

Ferdinand was unlikely to feature against Chelsea anyway, as his game has fallen off enough that he's not a surefire starter for QPR. That said, it's one less player that Harry Redknapp will have at his disposal when they face the Premier League leaders, and that's always good news as far as I'm concerned.

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