Ferdinand awaits decision on charges

Rio Ferdinand is waiting to find out whether he faces a misconduct charge for failing to take a drugs test.

Ferdinand was left out of the England squad for Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey because he missed the test.

The controversy led to the England squad threatening to boycott the match.

The player spent two hours locked in a meeting in Manchester with Football Association head of compliance Steve Barrow.

The England defender is expected to be charged by the FA later this week.

In a statement released by the player's club Manchester United, Ferdinand said: "In accordance with the FA procedures and timetable, I participated today in an FA interview and provided the association with a full and detailed explanation of my failure to take a random test on September 23.

"My explanation dealt with a number of issues, including the reasons why I failed to attend the test and my attempts to rectify the situation with a test that same day.

"I also reiterated my condemnation of drugs in sport."

Ferdinand has argued that he forgot to take the test on October 23 because he was moving house, but that he contacted the FA later in the day to make amends.

The UK Sport drug-testers had nevertheless already left Manchester United's Carrington training base and it was two days before the centre-back was able to take - and pass - the test. The only defence to missing a test is not having been informed of it in the first place.

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