Rio Ferdinand faces punishment after snubbing anti-racism T-shirt

Manchester United defender's refusal to wear anti-racism T-shirt infuriates his manager

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 3:41am


Alex Ferguson has vowed to deal with his defender Rio Ferdinand after he refused to wear a "Kick Racism Out of Football" T-shirt before Manchester United's 4-2 victory over Stoke at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand was taking part in a protest by certain black players, led by Reading striker Jason Roberts who claimed that the anti-racism movement was not doing enough to deal with the problem.

The 33-year-old is also thought to be angry that Chelsea defender John Terry was only given a four-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton during a match against QPR.

United boss Ferguson was highly critical of Roberts on Friday and was stunned when Ferdinand also refused to wear the T-shirts which were worn by all players from both clubs, with the exception of Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones.

"I am disappointed because I said yesterday that the players would be wearing it," Ferguson said.

"We did that in support of the PFA. Every player in the country should have adhered to that. He goes and lets us down. We will deal with it. Don't worry about that.

"I'm very disappointed. You support the PFA, the request from them and all our players made that. He's let us down so we will deal with it."

Jones' club manager, Tony Pulis, was far more relaxed about his player's refusal to don the anti-racism T-shirt. "I think players are given the opportunity and chance to decide and that's what we've got in this country," said Pulis. "Do I agree with it? That's my opinion.

"Let me just say, in this country, never mind what people say or don't say, they have the right to say yes or no.