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Anton Ferdinand snubs Kick It Out t-shirt

21 Oct 2012 16:17:42

Anton Ferdinand snubs Kick It Out t-shirt

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and a number of his team-mates did not wear t-shirts in support of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.

The 27-year-old was the victim of racial abuse from Chelsea skipper John Terry in a league match last October, with Terry accepting a four-match suspension and £220,000 fine relating to the incident earlier this week.

Ferdinand was joined in not wearing the t-shirt by Rangers team-mates Shaun Wright-Phillips and Junior Hoilett, following the stance taken by Ferdinand's brother Rio prior to Manchester United's game against Stoke on Saturday and by Reading striker Jason Roberts.

Everton's Nigeria international Victor Anichebe was another who decided against showing support towards Kick It Out at Loftus Road, along with team-mate Sylvain Distin.

The Professional Footballers Association, one of the bodies which funds Kick It Out, insist players are entitled to take a stance over the matter and had earlier defended Rio Ferdinand in the face of possible sanctions from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson described Ferdinand's decision not to wear the t-shirt as "embarrassing" and promised to "deal with it".

Former Manchester United defender Viv Anderson believes Ferdinand was wrong to go against Ferguson.

Anderson, who became England's first black international when he played against Czechoslovakia in 1978, does not feel the United boss should have been put in such a position.

"I don't agree with Rio," Anderson told MUTV.

"You can see the manager was fuming and clearly he didn't know anything about it. He expects his senior boys to set an example. He is the manager. If he says we are all doing it together, it should be the end of the story. But Rio has gone the other way. I don't see where he is coming from and I don't know what it is going to achieve."


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