Manchester United 'Extra Player' Claim To Be Investigated By FA

Funny story written by Mister Meaner

Sunday, 4 October 2009

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Ferdinand before he realised his error

The Football Association is to investigate a claim from Sunderland that Manchester United were allowed to field an extra player during their Premier League fixture at Old Trafford yesterday.

The game ended 2-2, which was unfair on the Wearsiders, as they had dominated throughout, and thoroughly deserved all three points. Leading 2-1, and in the fourth minute of injury time, however, United's extra player, Anton Ferdinand - ostensibly a Sunderland defender - deflected a Patrice Evra shot into his own goal to level the scores.

Ferdinand, the cousin of United defender, Rio, wheeled away in delight, then remembered he was a Black Cats player, whereupon he assumed a crestfallen pose with head in hands, and hands on hips, which is difficult to achieve at the same time.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, an ex-United defender himself, immediately registered a complaint with the fourth official, but found that he, too, was a staunch United supporter, and therefore, oblivious to any legitimate claim that the Reds had broken FA rules.

Bruce, who, as usual, was covered in shaving cuts, and had a black eye courtesy of yet another row with his wife, said:

"It allus feels like United have an extra player when y'come here. Today they actually did!"

An FA spokesman said this morning:

"We will look into this, and if United are found to have committed an infringement of the rules, they will be told not to do it again, the naughty boys."

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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