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Rio hits out at Balotelli

2011-04-17 16:22

London - Rio Ferdinand has blasted Mario Balotelli for taunting Manchester United fans after Manchester City's FA Cup semifinal win at Wembley.

Balotelli infuriated Ferdinand and his team-mates after the final whistle on Saturday as he waved the badge on his shirt in the direction of United supporters in celebration of City's progress to the final.

The City striker also winked sarcastically at Ferdinand as the players left the field and the pair had to be separated by their team-mates.

Ferdinand, writing on micro-blogging website Twitter, said: "If you score a goal and give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that but at the final whistle (you should) go to your own fans and enjoy it, not opposing fans.

"If I offended anyone, I apologise, emotions obviously running high."

The defeat ended United's bid for the treble but Ferdinand wants his team-mates to bounce back by winning the Premier League and Champions League.

"Disappointed we didn't get the win we were looking for," he said. "Now let's go and win some silverware."

Ferdinand did have something to celebrate after his wife gave birth to his first daughter just hours before kick-off.

The England defender left United's hotel on Friday to make the 200-mile journey back home to Cheshire.

He was just in time to be at wife Rebecca's side for the birth before racing back to London for the match.

"We had a baby girl named Tia Ferdinand!" he said.

"Want to thank the ambulance service and all the Wythenshawe Hospital staff for helping my baby arrive safely."
 

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Comments
  • Hilton H - 2011-04-17 18:02

    the pair had to be separated by their team-mates. ' Ummm - no, not really. Balotelli was trying to walk away and Ferdinand chased him around Wembley like a spoilt child before turning his attentions to the Man City assistant. I also notice how the England captain reject didn't mention 2009 when his team-mate Gary Neville ran around the pitch taunting City fans, and Neville wasn't even playing. And no - I'm not a City supporter before you bad tempered little Red Devils get all hot under the collar and start rattling off how many titles and cups you've won compared to your 'neighbours' ( most of you don't even know which part of the UK Manchester is located )

      Andy49 - 2011-04-17 22:11

      Relevant comments Hilton, he acts like a spoilt schoolboy who has just had his lunch box taken away.

      Albo - 2011-04-18 09:27

      Another ManU hater picking at straws for any little excuse to write an essay on how `not to behave`!! *sigh* - This is really getting old...

      thundyr - 2011-04-18 14:37

      @Albo, maybe if your players behaved better we wouldn't have so much ammunition...

      Aribs - 2011-04-18 23:16

      Oh...I wonder how you would react if he had walked over to your fan base and waved his badge like an arrogant prick...yes and he did walk away like a little bitch who starts a confrontation and can't finish it so shut your face...

  • Shadango7 - 2011-04-17 19:59

    Mario Balotelli is the Italian Chuck Norris

  • HagenDan - 2011-04-18 08:26

    Neville also did it to Liverpool fans (what a lovely guy), by running the whole length of the pitch and waving his badge. It was pretty funny though, watching Balotelli (who is himself a prize knob anyway) walking away quietly with a little smile on his face enjoying the victory while Ferdinand hurled lord knows what after him and seemed beside himself. Gracious in defeat as always. Rio also does Twitter way too much. But congrats to him on the kid though.

      thundyr - 2011-04-18 14:38

      That wink was class!

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