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Rio's White House snaps spark security alert

MANCHESTER United star Rio Ferdinand told his one million followers on Twitter that White House security needed beefing up -- and promptly kicked off a security alert.

The €140,000-a-week defender was a little rattled when photos of himself at the US President's home were immediately removed from his internet Twitter page.

CIA spooks are believed to have seen the pix and ordered them to be deleted.

Ferdinand and the Man Utd squad were visiting the White House when Rio took the pictures and later joked he had become a victim of spy Jack Bauer from the hit TV series, 24.

He and teammate Federico Macheda happily posed for pictures outside the White House alongside police officers armed with M4 carbines, but trouble flared when they were invited inside.

Ferdinand tweeted furiously, telling his followers how much he was enjoying the guided tour and posted some pictures of himself posing in the state dining room.

He cheekily tweeted: "The security needs beefing up here at the White House....!!"

When his pictures disappeared from his Twitter page, he tweeted: "Whoa..some1 has got into my phone + taken down my pics off twitter...this is deep.. is Jack Bauer in Washington?"

Strangely, other photos of Rio in the dining room, as well as snaps of players tucking into special homemade biscuits, had not been taken down.

Rio, his manager Alex Ferguson and the rest of the squad were visiting the White House during their pre-season tour of the US.