Rio Ferdinand must decide by Thursday afternoon (UK time) whether to contest the English Football Association's decision to charge him over his reaction to the John Terry racism trial.
In the aftermath of Terry being found not guilty of abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton at Loftus Road last October, the Manchester United defender became involved in a conversation on Twitter.
It appeared Ferdinand endorsed a claim that
A case that has been rumbling on for nine months now was extended last week when Terry was charged with improper conduct by the FA for the comments he made to Ferdinand, a charge he has vowed to contest.
Now, Rio must clear his name, or risk a hefty fine or potential suspension ahead of the new English Premier League campaign.
"The FA has today charged Manchester United's
"The allegation is that the player acted in a way which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
"Ferdinand has until
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David Moyes had no hesitation in rubber-stamping Rio Ferdinand's one-year contract extension because he believes the Manchester United defender has just had one of his best seasons ever.