Rio Ferdinand delivers three-word message in response to hilarious Newcastle United fan's tweet

A Newcastle United fan has provoked a response from Rio Ferdinand after referencing an infamous claim made by the former Manchester United defender.

The 42-year-old controversially said Magpies supporters should “round their money up and take over the club” in his continued defence against owner Mike Ashley.

It was a statement that baffled the Toon fanbase – and during Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 win at Burnley, a quick-witted fan jumped at the opportunity to turn the tables on Ferdinand.

Voicing his shock at VAR’s decision not to award Steve Bruce’s side a first-half penalty for James Tarkowski's dangerously high foot on Sean Longstaff, the former England man tweeted: “How’s VAR not decided that’s a penalty!”


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It took the supporter in question less than two minutes to effectively call out Ferdinand, replying with: “We need someone to take VAR & buy our own version Rio”

Knowing exactly what the tweet was alluding to, Ferdinand replied: “Good idea that”.

Indeed, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) has since launched the 1892 Pledge, which is aiming to raise enough money to buy a stake in the club when Ashley sells up.

NUST board member Alex Hurst said on the scheme: “The 1892 Pledge could mean we, as fans, can invest in our club, that could be in the form of a percentage stake in NUFC if it’s sold whilst in the Premier League, or, if things take a turn for the worse and the club’s fortunes sink further, we would be there standing ready to provide investment and potentially be part of a buying consortium.”


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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand responded to a tweet by a Newcastle United fan. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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