Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C
YouTube Screengrab Ferdiand and Torres.
# In hot water
Ferdinand may face charges over off-the-ball clash with Torres
The Manchester United defender appeared to push Fernando Torres over during yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

THE ENGLISH FA could take action against Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after an off-the-ball incident involving Fernando Torres yesterday.

During the closing minutes of the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford, which finished 2-2 and will go to a replay, Ferdinand appeared to stand on the back of the Spanish striker before picking him up off the ground.

While Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez said he hadn’t seen a replay of the talking point, action from the FA will be down to whether referee Howard Webb mentions the altercation in his match report.

If Webb reveals that he didn’t see what happened, the governing body can begin a disciplinary hearing with Ferdinand.

YouTube credit: Ragnar Næss

What did you make of the incident yourself? Did Ferdinand mean it or not?

Rafa Benitez questions ‘education’ of Alex Ferguson after handshake snub

Open Thread: What was your highlight of the sporting weekend?

Exclusive Six
Nations Analysis

Get Murray Kinsella’s exclusive analysis of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign this spring

Become a Member