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Man Utd defender Ferdinand wants Community Shield axed for MLB-type Allstar game

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants the Community Shield dumped.

The traditional season curtain-raiser - between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners - raises money for charities nominated by both clubs.

But Manchester United defender Ferdinand, whose side face arch-rivals Manchester City at Wembley next month, is in the US on tour and got the idea after watching a baseball game featuring the league's greats.

And that has convinced the England international that the idea could jazz up the start of the domestic football season.

He tweeted: "Baseball All-Star game tonight, TV coverage is quality. We need a PL All-Star game too - the powers that be let's talk and develop this.

"Replace the Community Shield with Premier League All-Star team?"

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