Venerdì 19 dicembre 2003
Club reaction to Rio punishment
Manchester United director and solicitor Maurice Watkins issued a brief statement on Friday 19 December, following the announcement that Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for eight months and fined £50,000 for failing to take a drugs test.
Mr Watkins said, "We are extremely disappointed by the result in this case.
."It is a particularly savage and unprecedented sentence which makes an appeal inevitable.
"We can confirm that Rio has the full support of Manchester United and the PFA and there will be no further comment at this stage."
Lunedì 5 gennaio 2004
Lawyers receive FA reasons for Rio decision
Manchester United can confirm that Rio Ferdinand's lawyers have received the written reasons for the FA's decision at the hearing of 19 December 2003.
The player now has 14 days to decide whether to appeal, and until that decision has been taken no further comment will be made