Rio Ferdinand pulls out of David Beckham's charity match

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will not be teaming up with John Terry and Ashley Cole after he pulled out of David Beckham's charity game at Old Trafford.

The legendary Red Devil was due to play on the same team as the two Chelsea heroes for the first time since they were embroiled in a racism case involving Rio's brother Anton in 2012.

The BT Sport was originally in the Great Britain and Ireland side to face Zinedine Zidane's World XI at the Theatre of Dreams.


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However, when the squads were confirmed on Thursday, Ferdinand was a notable absentee for the UNICEF game.

The former QPR player is the not the only man to pull out of the tie; Andy Cole, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta and Massimo Ambrosini are all no longer available.

In his autobiography, Ferdinand said he found it "impossible to forgive or forget the pain he [Terry] put my family through".

Although, according to the Daily Mail, the reason he will not be partaking in the charity event is down to a calf injury.

The game on Saturday will see a number of legends taking to the field with Beckham and Zidane going head-to-head as captains.

Sir Alex Ferguson will manage the Great Britain and Ireland side that involves the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen.

While Carlo Ancelotti's Rest of the World team can call upon Luis Figo, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Ronaldinho.

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