Date: 9th February 2010 at 3:27pm
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Manchester United have withdrawn the appeal against Rio Ferdinand’s four-match ban for taking a swipe at Craig Fagan during the game against Hull City at Old Trafford.

Though the official statement did not give a reason, it is widely believed that the sudden acceptance originates from the concern that the FA might extend the suspension so that he won’t be available for the Carling Cup final and there’s also the fact that Ferdinand has been promoted to England captain and therefore he is reluctant to take on the FA right now.

As it is, he is out of our league games against Aston Villa and Everton but is free to play at Wembley on February 28.