Rio Ferdinand has decided to appeal against his increased ban for violent conduct imposed by the Football Association.

The Manchester United defender was banned after a bust up with Craig Fagan in the match against Hull City last month. He was originally banned for 3 games, which was increased to 4 matches after the FA deemed his original appeal as “frivolous.”

The appeal board will meet before the end of next week and could decide to further increase the punishment.

Because of the appeal, Ferdinand, who has made only 10 appearances for his club so far this season, was able to play in the Carling Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.

If the appeal board decide the player’s appeal is again without merit, then he will be ruled out of the Carling Cup final against Aston Villa on 28th February at Wembley.

His ban began at the Emirates against Arsenal on Sunday and he will definitely miss the next Premier League matches with Portsmouth and Aston Villa.

If Ferdinand is successful then he will be available for the clash at Everton on 20th February.

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