Apologetic Rio Ferdinand claims Mario Balotelli taunted United fans

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Rio Ferdinand, Mario Balotelli

Rio Ferdinand was riled by Mario Balotelli’s taunts at Manchester United fans at the end of the FA Cup semi-final. Photograph: Tom Jenkins

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Mario Balotelli for taunting Manchester United fans after Manchester City‘s FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley but apologised for his spat with the Italian striker.

The Italian incensed Ferdinand after the final whistle on Saturday by reportedly thrusting the badge on his shirt in the direction of opposition supporters.

Ferdinand, writing on Twitter , said: “If you score a goal and give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that but at the final whistle [you should] go to your own fans and enjoy it, not opposing fans.”

Balotelli also winked at Ferdinand as the players left the field and the pair had to be separated by their team-mates. Ferdinand added: “If I offended anyone, I apologise, emotions obviously running high.” More >>