sport news Rio Ferdinand insists 'panic' forced Gerard Pique to give away penalty

Rio Ferdinand insists 'panic' forced Spain defender Gerard Pique to raise his hands and gift Russia a penalty for handball in World Cup last 16 clash Rio Ferdinand has claimed Gerard Pique panicked against Russia on Sunday  The Spaniard misread the flight of a corner and raised his hands inside the box A header struck his hand and the hosts were given a penalty which they scored

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Published: 16:50 BST, 1 July 2018 | Updated: 16:50 BST, 1 July 2018

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Rio Ferdinand has claimed Gerard Pique panicked as he threw his hands in the air and gifted Russia a penalty in their World Cup last 16 clash on Sunday.

The Spanish defender misread the flight of a corner in the first-half and was forced to put his hands above his head in order to block an effort on goal.

Referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed straight to the penalty spot and striker Artem Dzyuba

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