No t-shirt for Ferdinand - Hughes

26 October 2012 05:17

QPR boss Mark Hughes expects defender Anton Ferdinand to continue his boycott of the Kick it Out t-shirt ahead of his side's game at Arsenal.

Ferdinand found himself at the centre of a racism storm a year ago, a situation that was only concluded recently when John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing the QPR defender by the Football Association. The former England skipper subsequently decided not to challenge the fine and ban he was awarded by the FA.

The 27-year-old Ferdinand was one of a number of players to opt against wearing a Kick it Out T-shirt ahead of Premier League games last weekend as they feel the anti-racism organisation is not doing enough to tackle the problem.

Anton and brother Rio released a statement on Wednesday drawing a line under the row, but Hughes is not convinced Ferdinand will don the T-shirt this weekend. He said: "I've not discussed it with him this week. Obviously he didn't last weekend and nothing's changed to any great extent. Statements have been made.

"I'm not sure if Anton or any of the other guys who felt that they didn't want to wear the T-shirt will wear it.

"The majority of the squad will. He made his feelings known in that regard, and there hasn't been that much more water under the bridge since he made the decision not to wear it against Everton, so probably he won't wear it again. I don't know. I have no idea. Maybe with the statement he's brought out he'll feel he'll want to support it.

"I think Anton and his brother just made it clear that the PFA and FA and the Kick it Out campaign have done great work in the past and will do great work in the future.

"I think the point was made that we're at a point in time now when people feel they need to discuss things possibly in greater detail and air their grievances."

Source: PA