Rio Ferdinand Avoids FA Punishment Over Fernando Torres Incident, Wilfried Zaha Charged With Improper Conduct Following Obscene Gesture

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Old Trafford centre-back in the clear but loaned out winger could face ban or fine after middle finger salute at Leeds United fans.

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will not face punishment over an off-the-ball clash with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, the Football Association said on Tuesday.

Television pictures showed Ferdinand appearing to catch Torres from behind in the latter stages of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

The Spaniard fell to the floor before being helped to his feet by Ferdinand, in an incident that did not appear to be witnessed by match referee Howard Webb.

However, a spokesman from the FA told Britain’s Press Association that Ferdinand would not face retrospective action.

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Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has been charged with improper conduct over allegations he made an obscene gesture to Leeds United supporters while playing on loan for Crystal Palace, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Zaha joined United from Palace in the January transfer window for an initial fee of £10 million ($14.9 million, 11.4 million euros) but was promptly loaned back to the Championship club.

The 20-year-old appeared to make an offensive gesture towards Leeds’ fans after being barracked during Palace’s 2-2 draw against the Yorkshire club at the weekend.

He later apologised for his behaviour on Twitter, writing: “I…wanted to apologise for the gesture I did towards the Leeds fans in yesterday’s game. Very unprofessional from me.”

Palace manager Ian Holloway has also been charged by the FA over allegations of misconduct towards the match officials during the same game.

Both Zaha and Holloway have until 1600GMT on Friday to respond to the charges.

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