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  Sven says: 'Rio should be banned'
Updated 07 December 2003, 14.22
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he thinks Rio Ferdinand should be suspended for missing a drugs test.

He also said he thought the Football Association took "too long" to punish players who broke the rules, and not just in Rio's case.

In two sunday papers, he said: "Look at Joe Cole. He's just been banned for something that happened last April."

Ferdinand claims he simply forgot to attend the compulsory drugs test, which was meant to happen on 23 September.

Rio's been playing for United since the missed test
Rio's been playing for United since the missed test

He will appear before an FA disciplinary hearing at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on 18 December to answer questions on the incident.

Sven's views on the matter are clear. He said: "You miss a drugs test and you are banned."

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