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Ferdinand in clear over Torres incident - FA

LONDON (AFP) –

Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand reacts at Old Trafford in Manchester, on March 5, 2013

Manchester United‘s English defender Rio Ferdinand reacts at Old Trafford in Manchester, on March 5, 2013. Ferdinand will not face punishment over an off-the-ball clash with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, the Football Association said on Tuesday.

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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