The Football Association will aim to wrap up Rio Ferdinand's improper conduct charge before the new Premier League season is launched on August 18.

After being charged on Monday, the Manchester United defender has confirmed his intention to contest it at a personal hearing. With United due to embark on the second stage of their pre-season tour at the weekend, timings are tight.

But as Ferdinand is unlikely to be selected for England's friendly against Italy in Berne on August 15, there is time available - which would at least allow the FA to close one side aspect of John Terry's altercation with Anton Ferdinand.

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