Rio in hot water over bust-up

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  • Thursday, 28 Apr 2005

LONDON: Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has been accused of getting some friends to beat up a photographer who was hassling him outside a London night club. 

Police said they were investigating an alleged brawl involving the £29mil centre-half in which a 36-year-old photographer claimed he had been assaulted by up to four men. 

Cameraman John Gyimah told The Mirror he grappled on the floor with friends of Ferdinand, including Millwall midfielder Jody Morris, after he tried to take pictures of the star. 

A witness also told the newspaper of claims that Ferdinand urged Morris: “Kill him, stamp on his head.” 

A spokesman for Ferdinand’s agents, SEM, dismissed the alleged comments as “nonsense”. 

Gyimah, who said he was kicked and punched in the fight, agreed Ferdinand was angry at having his photograph taken. 

“Rio wasn’t having it,” he told the newspaper. 

He claimed he was saved by some Tube workmen, who intervened. 

A spokesman for SEM admitted Ferdinand “threw a couple of CDs” but said it was “nonsense” that he said 'kill him ... stamp on his head’. 

“He was hassling him for ages.” 

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “There have been no arrests and enquiries are continuing.” – AFP 

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