That's so tweet! Rio agrees to Twitter stunt to help out train passenger with her charity
22:41 GMT, 9 January 2013
08:28 GMT, 10 January 2013
Premier League footballers are often given a hard time but Rio Ferdinand has shown that they can be a generous bunch.
The Manchester United defender was on a train when he was spotted by a girl, who then texted one of her friends.
That person tweeted Ferdinand to mention this – and the former England captain walked up to the girl on the carriage to introduce himself.
Helping out: Rio Ferdinand (left) showed his charitable side on the train
The woman runs the charity Dance Aid and Ferdinand offered to help her out with any promotion.
Eurosport journalist Tom Adams gave
an insight into the meeting: 'Housemate's girlfriend on train today and
spotted Rio Ferdinand was in her carriage. She texted her mate, who then
tweeted @rioferdy5 to tell him and ask if he could talk to her about
'Girlfriend has no idea this
happened, looks up to see Rio sitting down opposite her, unprompted. He
then asks her all about the charity and agrees to do some work for
When asked if the story was true, 34-year-old Ferdinand tweeted: 'Yep, news travels fast on this Twitter! See if I can help out.'
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Meanwhile, Ferdinand has been looking forward to Sunday's clash with fierce rivals Liverpool.
'A massive game coming up against Liverpool FC – we’ve got to make sure we beat them,' he said.
'They are a team we are big rivals with, loads of history and massive games and goals in the past.
'Hopefully, we can add some more to that and make sure we get the three points on Sunday. We’re confident, training and the focus starts to begin for this weekend. A huge game – make sure you’re behind us.'