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Footballer Rio Ferdinand has been fined £25,000 and suspended for three matches over a comment he allegedly made on his Twitter account.
A statement on the FA's website said:
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 ...
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.
Rio Ferdinand has aspirations to become the manager of former club Manchester United or England.
The 35 year-old, who has been panned for a series of disappointing displays since joining QPR as a player in July, told Manchester Evening News:
"I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager.
"But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.
“Every player and manager will tell you that when you are growing up you want to play for the best team and it is the same in management."
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Manchester United tweeted:
Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his sadness at not being able to say goodbye properly before his departure from Manchester United.
The veteran defender issued a statement saying: "Circumstances didn't allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I'll never forget.