Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has described Chelsea's decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo as "madness".

Di Matteo was axed following the Blues' damaging 3-0 Champions League defeat against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday. The loss has left Chelsea on the verge of elimination from a competition Di Matteo memorably won in May to persuade owner Roman Abramovich to appoint him full-time in the summer.

Ferdinand, who has only worked under Sir Alex Ferguson during his decade at Old Trafford, wrote on his Twitter page: "Wow, Chelsea have sacked their manager!! I'm a bit late I know but its a madness."

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