Associated Press  |  Last updated December 10, 2012
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was dripping with blood Sunday, the latest incident that has English soccer authorities fearing a return to a less civil past. FIFA President Sepp Blatter praised the country's fans last month as positive examples for the world. But unrest at globally televised Premier League matches is reviving memories of the hostilities in the 1970s and 80s. ''To see Rio Ferdinand with blood on his face is absolutely terrible,'' English Football Association chairman David Bernstein said Monday. ''I think it's disturbing that we're seeing a recurrence of these types of incidents. ''We've had racial abuse issues, the odd pitch incursion, things being thrown at players. It's very unacceptable and has to be dealt with severely.'' Prosecutors acted swiftly Monday to charge nine men in connection with disorder at the match that Manchester United won 3-2 at Manchester City. They included the fan who ran o...
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