Rio to Rio? Not likely

Rio to Rio? Not likely

'Rio to Rio' has that irresistible ring - but it is not a headline you are likely to read now.

Racism row engulfs Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand stoked further controversy when he defied his manager to boycott wearing an anti racism t-shirt.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Tweet fuels football racism row

The John Terry racism row was reignited when his defence witness Ashley Cole was attacked on Twitter - with Rio Ferdinand reacting.

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Manchester City apologise over Rio Ferdinand incident

Manchester City have apologised to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after he was hit by a coin during his team’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.

We apologise to Rio. We condemn the actions of the individual concerned.

We are reviewing the CCTV with the police and our normal security.

We will support the police with any investigation and hopefully identify the person as soon as possible.

– Manchester City spokesman

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Violent scenes overshadow Manchester derby

Violent scenes at the end of the Manchester derby cast a shadow over a remarkable encounter that saw United secure a late 3-2 win.

Rio Ferdinand was struck by a missile and was then confronted by a fan on the pitch - an incident which appeared to be defused by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The fan was subsequently led away from the pitch by police.

Ferdinand was seen showing an object to referee Martin Atkinson at the end of the match.

Alex Ferguson: Rio Ferdinand incident is 'unfortunate'

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described the incident which saw Rio Ferdinand struck by an object during the Manchester derby as "unfortunate".

The missile hit Ferdinand as United were celebrating their third goal in a 3-2 win at the Etihad stadium.

He told Sky Sports:

It's just unfortunate towards the end a City fan runs on and then they throw coins at our players and that. I don't think you need that.

The same thing happened at Chelsea which was masked really by all the other things that happened.

But, you know, two fantastic teams today I think, and a fantastic game of football, and it could do without that.

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Fans debate whether Ferdinand 'provoked' City fans

Football fans have been sharing their thoughts on Rio Ferdinand's injury on Twitter:

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Shocking fans saying Ferdinand deserved the coin to the face wow I guess it's a crime to celebrate a goal

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I know its bad what happened to ferdinand but he always provokes the oppositions fans. Its in his nature. Poor attitude since he was a kid.

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Not good to see Ferdinand hit by a coin, but sadly it now seems a risk you run if you celebrate & therefore incite your rivals fans.

Rio Ferdinand left bleeding after he is struck by object

Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding from the head after being hit by an object thrown from the crowd during Manchester United's 3-2 win at Manchester City.

A coin-sized object was seen bouncing off Ferdinand's head on television replays of the incident.

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A gash appears over Ferdinand's left eye. Credit: Press Association
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Rio Ferdinand wipes blood off his head. Credit: Press Assocation
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