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by | 17th, October 2003

‘IT was only a matter of time before Manchester United started flexing their corporate muscle in anticipation of a lengthy drugs ban for their centre half Rio Ferdinand.

England fans hope to have a smashing time in Portugal

And this morning the Premiership champions are firing a warning shot across the FA’s bows, saying they will sue if they feel the player is punished too harshly.

With Fifa threatening to intervene if they feel Ferdinand is let off too lightly for failing to attend a drugs test, the FA are now very much between the proverbial rock and hard place.

The Mail says United will only accept an FA charge that the England international missed his test by accident, in which case a fine is the most likely punishment.

If Ferdinand is charged with wilfully missing his test and banned, United will take the matter to court.

Meanwhile, erstwhile villains Arsenal are determined to put their bad reputation behind them with club chairman Peter Hill Wood telling the Express that the Gunners will never again be involved in scenes like those seen at Old Trafford last month.

Would that it were the same story with the walking scum that are English football hooligans.

The Mail reports that Euro 2004 organisers in Portugal are preparing to deal with the meatheads among England’s expected 50,000-strong support by offering the hand of friendship.

“We believe in our natural capacity to receive

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