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Hodgson recalls Rio Ferdinand to England squad

Rio Ferdinand, who has won 81 caps, last played for England in June 2011. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been recalled to the England football squad by national team manager Roy Hodgson for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

It is the first call-up for Ferdinand since he was omitted from the Euro 2012 squad, explained away by Hodgson at the time for "footballing reasons" rather than for any conflict with Chelsea captain John Terry, who was involved in a racism row with Ferdinand's brother Anton.

Terry's retirement from international football has opened the door for Ferdinand's return to the team and Hodgson has confirmed: "He's in the squad in order to play rather than to make up the numbers."

Ferdinand declines to make complaint over coin incident

Rio Ferdinand has declined to make an official complaint after a coin hit him in the Manchester derby, police confirmed.

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The Manchester United defender was cut above his left eye at the end of the match at Manchester City's home ground, the Etihad Stadium, on December 9.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "He (Ferdinand) did not put in a formal complaint about the matter.

"He was asked if he wanted to but he didn't. We are still making inquiries and trying to identify this person from CCTV footage."


City fan who confronted Rio Ferdinand gets three year ban

A Manchester City fan who stormed on to the football field to confront Rio Ferdinand at the end of a stormy Manchester Derby match has been banned from attending football matches for three years.

Matthew Stott, 21, of Southfields in Cheshire, was told he came close to going to prison, but instead his 56 days jail term was suspended for 12 months.

Joe Hart holds back a fan as he goes towards Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stott had to be restrained by City keeper Joe Hart from confronting Ferdinand, who was already bleeding from a cut caused by a coin thrown from the stands at the end of the explosive local grudge match on December 9.

The landscape gardener, who had sunk eight pints of lager before kick-off, pleaded guilty to encroaching on the field of play and using insulting words or behaviour.

A steward comes to assist as Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart (L) holds back a angry fan Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ferdinand: 'UEFA are not serious at all on racism'

England players have responded negatively to UEFA's punishment of the Serbian FA over racist chants from its fans:

Teenager arrested over Manchester derby racist tweet

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating a racist tweet sent during Sunday's Manchester derby.

A Greater Manchester Police statement said:

Police investigating a racist tweet sent during Sunday's Manchester derby have made an arrest.

An investigation was launched following a message directed at a Manchester United player.

A 15-year-old boy was last night arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Man City suspend pitch invader's season ticket

The Manchester City fan who ran onto the pitch in a bid to confront Rio Ferdinand has had his season ticket removed and faces a lifetime ban if he is found guilty of a charge of pitch encroachment.

A Manchester City spokesman said: "His season card has been immediately removed for the rest of the season and he has been charged to appear at court. If he is found guilty he faces a lifetime ban".


Manchester derby: People charged aged between 18 and 52

Greater Manchester police have confirmed that the nine people charged following clashes in yesterday's Manchester derby were aged between 18 and 52.

All are due before Manchester City Magistrates' Court on 4 January next year. Police said four other arrests were made.

Chief Inspector Steve Howard said: "To have just 13 arrests for a crowd of this size and a match of this proportion is a testament to the policing operation we put in place."

Manchester City helping police over fan coin missile

Detectives said officers are working with Manchester City Football club to identify who threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand.

Charges of those arrested included a racially aggravated public order, pitch encroachment, public order, breach of a football banning order and being drunk and disorderly.

Chief Inspector Steve Howard said: "Despite fierce rivalry and high tension there was no major disorder. However, we will continue to investigate the coin throwing incident and are determined to work with the club to bring the perpetrator to justice."

Full Manchester City statement

Manchester City has released the following statement on its website after Rio Ferdinand was hit above the left eye by a two-pence coin thrown from the crowd near the end of a heated derby clash.

Manchester City FC security officials are co-operating fully with Greater Manchester Police in relation to events leading up to the throwing of missiles onto the field of play, and between the two sets of supporters, during today’s game against Manchester United.Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand.

The Club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to him being injured.

GMP’s review of all fan behaviour at today’s match will be fully supported by the Club, through the provision of CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. Following this review, and any associated police action, the Club will also apply its own disciplinary policies for any fans found guilty of offences.

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