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Police find 29 bags of cannabis at Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant

Ryan Bailey
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Rio's Rosso Restuarant. Not pictured: lots of drugs

Rio's Rosso Restuarant. Not pictured: lots of drugs

Not only is Rio Ferdinand a magazine owner and renowned merking expert, but the Manchester United star is also a restauranteur. Italian eatery Rosso — imaginatively named after the Italian word for "red" — opened in 2009 on Manchester's King St. It offers a traditional Italian menu, modern decor and a kitchen that's ideal for storing large amounts of drugs. The Daily Mail reports:

A chef from Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester has been cautioned after police said they discovered of 29 bags of cannabis in a staff locker.

The 55-year-old was cautioned by police after they went to the footballer's city centre Italian, Rosso.

The junior chef was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and he no longer works at Rosso.

This isn't the first negative publicity Rosso has encountered. Rio enthusiastically told a magazine that "plenty of footballers pop in for some quality food after matches," before the restaurant had actually opened, and opinions concerning the quality of the food have been mixed — one reviewer condemned the desserts as "the type of thing you might imagine you'd find in an Italian restaurant in Eccles in 1978." And those desserts weren't enough to satiate Wayne Rooney, as professional love maker Jenny Thompson claims to have administered her services on the striker during a 2010 visit.

So, if you want to eat (allegedly) bad food cooked by a (purported) drug-dealing chef at a table where a married balding millionaire was (supposedly) pleasured by a prostitute, you know where to go.

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