Ferdinand denies violent conduct charge

LONDON - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has denied a charge of violent conduct after an incident in the Premier League game against Hull City, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday.

The FA's regulatory commission will hear the charge on Thursday, leaving Ferdinand free to face local rivals Manchester City in a League Cup semi-final second leg later on Wednesday. United trail 2-1 from the first leg.

The England international was involved in a clash with Hull striker Craig Fagan in the second half of United's 4-0 win on Saturday.

The match marked Ferdinand's return from a long-term injury which had kept him out since October.

Ferdinand would have collected a three-match suspension had he pleaded guilty but he now runs the risk of a stiffer punishment.