Ferdinand appeals extra match ban

Rio Ferdinand has appealed against an extra one-match ban imposed by a Football Association disciplinary commission.

A hearing is likely to take place before the end of next week after the Manchester United defender's latest appeal.

Ferdinand had the extra match ban imposed for a "frivolous" appeal against the three-game suspension he was given for striking Hull's Craig Fagan, making a total of four games in all he would miss.

The appeal board will have the power to revoke the extra ban, but also to increase it further - if they did so it would mean Ferdinand would miss the Carling Cup final against Aston Villa on February 28.

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