Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand
had his suspension extended from three games to four for striking Hull's Craig Fagan
Saturday's English Premier League when the FA's Independent Commission deemed his denial of the charge to be frivolous.
Nonetheless, United is considering another appeal, even though
that could mean Ferdinand is suspended a fifth game and would miss the League Cup final against Aston Villa. Manager Alex Ferguson
believes United is the
victim of double standards, citing the FA's failure to charge Liverpool's Javier Mascherano
for striking Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford
in a more blatant incident in a League Cup game last September.
"If it's a fair hearing, then he [Ferdinand] has a good chance," Ferguson said, before the hearing. "He was
wrestled and punched, all sorts of things happened to him, and he was just trying to wrestle free from it. Unfortunately for us, he's caught him [Fagan] on the back of the head."
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