LONDON: Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand (pic) denied in a court case on Tuesday that he had asked a man to “fix” girls for him at a nightclub.
The England defender also denied he had been warned by bouncers about complaints from women while out drinking.
Ferdinand was giving evidence at the trial of another man accused of attempted rape.
At the trial at Leeds Crown Court he did concede that he was spoken to by bouncers at a Leeds nightclub in January last year and that he was told to “chill out”.
He also admitted he and his then Leeds teammate Michael Duberry accepted a lift from a man he knew called Reds from the nightclub to a hotel along with two girls.
Ferdinand told the court that he and Duberry drank champagne at the hotel in the early hours of the morning but denied the girls were with him.
Asked by prosecutor Richard Newberry: “Reds was getting these girls for you, wasn’t he?” The player replied: “No. Not at all.”
Ferdinand was giving evidence in the defence of 33-year-old Martin Luther King from Leeds who denies attempting to rape a 22-year-old woman, indecently assaulting and kidnapping her.
The alleged victim has told the court she was abducted after leaving the Hi Fi Club in Leeds city centre and driven to a lane in the city where she was assaulted by King, who produced a gun.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also told the court that, while she was in the club, Duberry pushed his hand up her skirt and she slapped him.
She said Ferdinand then threatened her, saying: “If I don’t slap you up I’ll get someone else to.”
Ferdinand, banned from driving for six months on Monday after notching up a string of driving offences, said he had never met the woman.
Manchester United paid Leeds United a world record £30mil for Ferdinand last July. – AFP