Your verdict: Rio ruled out

March 19, 2004
By Dominic Raynor
Rio Ferdinand's appeal to have his eight month ban reduced, or overturned, has been rejected by an independent panel. The three man judiciary also rejected a request from the FA to increase the ban to one year. Ferdinand's defence argued that Edgar Davids and Jaap Stam both received lesser sentences for actually failing tests and also included an analysis of hair follicles to prove he has not taken drugs. The defender's appeal was rejected and his suspension means he will miss the rest of Manchester ...

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