Todd denies using violent conduct in clash with Van Persie

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The Blackburn defender Andy Todd has denied using violent conduct in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

The Blackburn defender Andy Todd has denied using violent conduct in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

The 30-year-old clashed with Arsenal's Robin van Persie after the striker had scored to seal victory for Arsène Wenger's side, and was charged by the Football Association for violent conduct on Tuesday, but the case will be heard by a disciplinary commission today after he denied the charge.

An FA statement read: "Blackburn Rovers defender Andy Todd has denied a breach of FA rule E3 for violent conduct."

England have moved two places up the Fifa world rankings to sixth following last month's World Cup qualifying victories. Sven Goran Eriksson's side have overtaken Spain and Mexico and sit behind the Netherlands after wins over Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan in Group Six.

Brazil continue to top the list with the Czech Republic replacing France in second to become Europe's highest-ranking team. The Republic of Ireland fall three places to 15th after failing to beat Israel in their Group Four game last month.

John Toshack's first matches since taking over as Wales coach saw his country drop two places to 73rd after two defeats by Austria and they have now been overtaken by Zambia. Northern Ireland slipped to 113th place.

Fifa World Rankings: (March position in brackets): 1 (1) Brazil 834; 2 (4) Czech Republic 783; 3 (3) Argentina 780; 4 (2) France 777; 5 (7) Netherlands 763; 6 (8) England 757; 7 (5) Spain 755; 8 (6) Mexico 754; 9 (9) Portugal 741; 10= (10=) Italy 735, 10= (10=) United States 735.

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