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Ferdinand charged with misconduct

London: Rio Ferdinand was charged with misconduct by the FA on Wednesday for “failure or refusal” to take a drugs test.

Ferdinand missed a random dope test on September 23 at his club’s Carrington training ground, though he passed a test 36 hours after the scheduled one.

In a statement on Wednesday the FA said Ferdinand had been charged in relation to Regulation 1 (c) of its Doping Control Regulations. “Regulation 1(c) refers to ‘the failure or refusal by a player to submit to drug testing as required by a competent official’,” the FA said.

Ferdinand has not, however, been charged with the more serious offence of “wilful” failure to comply. The 24-year-old has 14 days to respond to the charge.

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