Ferdinand: The rules are clear

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been left fuming at

the perceived inconsistency at two incidents involving his


Having failed to overturn a four-match ban for captain Vincent

Kompany following his dismissal in last week’s Manchester FA Cup

derby, Mancini was on the look-out for similar punishments being

meted out.

So, in feeling that Glen Johnson’s tackle on Joleon Lescott

during City’s Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday was far

worse than the challenge from Kompany, Mancini was aghast that the

Reds defender did not even concede a free-kick.

It sparked an angry row between Mancini and Steven Gerrard and

led to yet more discussion about how the rule book is being


Yet Ferdinand is among those who feels the whole sideshow has

been totally unnecessary.

“I don’t understand why this debate is still going on,” said the

England international.

“It’s stated clearly in the rule book, we get told before the

season when all the referees go around the different clubs: a

two-footed tackle is a red card. It’s as simple as that.

“It baffles me that there’s any argument or debate around the