Chelsea blow-up may cost Man Utd's Ferdinand England captaincy

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is set to miss out on the England captaincy after his blow-up at Chelsea last season.

The Sun says Ferdinand, 30, faces a possible four-game ban and £200,000 fine for kicking a female Chelsea steward after the Battle of the Bridge in April.

FA chiefs have requested photos and witness statements from Blues staff about the incident, when the Manchester United defender kicked tunnel steward Tracy Wray.

She needed hospital treatment for severe bruising to her left thigh and belatedly received some flowers from him by way of an apology.

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Disciplinary chiefs are due to examine the evidence and the United star could miss the start of the season with a ban.

He faces being charged with gross misconduct and bringing the game into disrepute, while United could also face charges of failing to control their players.

The scandal may also count against his candidacy for the England skipper's job.

Just as damaging, he would be ruled out of the Wembley friendly with the Czech Republic on August 20.

That match will see Three Lions boss Fabio Capello name his captain for the World Cup qualifying campaign.

A domestic ban would exclude Ferdinand from being picked for the squad.

That would effectively dump him out of contention, even though he has led the team twice before.

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