QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and his brother Rio of Manchester United have released a statement saying they have been disappointed by the FA and Professional Footballer's Association actions during the John Terry racism row.
Terry is currently serving a four-match ban after shouting a racial insult at Anton during a game last year. Since then, the football authorities have come under criticism for the way they dealt with the incident.
However, the Ferdinands have now said they want to work with the organisations to improve matters. They have also expressed their support for the Kick It Out campaign which tackles racism in football, though they added it may have to change to make it more relevant.
Chelsea have taken disciplinary action against John Terry after he was found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but the club say the internal sanctions issued "will remain confidential".
An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [Thursday 27 September 2012] found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220,000, pending appeal.
The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.
The charge was the result of The FA’s long-standing investigation into this matter, which was placed on hold at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr Terry’s representatives pending the outcome of the criminal trial.
A hearing took place from 24-27 September 2012 before an Independent Regulatory Commission of The FA to consider the charge.
The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows