Rio Ferdinand has appealed against the violent conduct charge brought by the Football Association.

Rio Ferdinand free to face Manchester City.

Rio Ferdinand will appeal his violent conduct charge issued by the FA, enabling him to face Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi final.

The decision could be a calculated gamble by Ferdinand although, if found guilty after appeal, Ferdinand could see the three-match ban extended to four.

Ferdinand had to inform the FA before 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge of deliberately striking Craig Fagan in Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat of Hull City at the weekend.

Should Ferdinand fail in his appeal, he could miss Sunday’s game at Arsenal, the following home match against Portsmouth, a trip to Aston Villa and finally an away game against Everton.

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