Racism row engulfs Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand stoked further controversy when he defied his manager to boycott wearing an anti racism t-shirt.

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Ferdinand dropped after anti-racism t-shirt snub

by Rupert Evelyn - ITV News Correspondent
Rio Ferdinand, left, trained under the supervision of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson today. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says the issue with Rio Ferdinand was a 'communication problem' and he'll be rested for tomorrow's Champions League match against Braga.

But the Scot told a press conference that his dispute with the defender had been resolved and that his advice is that "a union is always stronger than an individual."

Ferdinand and Ferguson both pictured at United training

Rio Ferdinand, centre left, trained today under the supervision of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (hat). Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand was training this morning as normal ahead of Manchester United's Champions League encounter with Braga at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The defender defied Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday by refusing to wear a T-shirt supporting the anti-racism Kick It Out campaign ahead of United's 4-2 win over Stoke, leading his manager to state publicly that the 33-year-old would be "dealt with".

But there have been suggestions that the pair resolved their differences at a meeting yesterday morning and Ferdinand did train with the remainder of his team-mates at Carrington ahead of tomorrow night's game.

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PFA defends Rio Ferdinand's human rights

The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) chairman said players are entitled to take a stance over racism.

As one of the bodies which funds Kick It Out, the PFA also defended Rio Ferdinand in the face of possible sanctions from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

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

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We will definitely monitor the [United] situation very closely and make sure Rio Ferdinand's rights as a human being, never mind as a footballer, are not undermined in this position.

"Everyone has a right to free speech - just like you can't coerce anyone into shaking hands, you can't make somebody wear a T-shirt - although I do personally believe that joining in with the campaign is the best way forward.

"And then for all these players to get together and put what it is they want down on paper so we together as a union - all the players, one with another - can make those changes and move forward."

Everton players snub anti-racism shirt

Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) and Victor Anichebe (right) decide not to wear anti-rascism t-shirts during pre-match training Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport
Everton's Sylvain Distin (left) snubs the anti-racism t-shirt during pre-match training. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport
Everton's Victor Anichebe opts not to wear an anti-rascism t-shirt during pre-match training Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips and QPR players snub Kick It Out anti-racism campaign shirts

Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand was joined by a number of his team-mates who did did not wear t-shirts in support of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign ahead of their Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.

Ferdinand was joined in not wearing the t-shirt today 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 yesterday 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.

Anton Ferdinand, 27, was the victim of racial abuse from Chelsea skipper John Terry in a league match last October.

Terry has accepted a four-match suspension and £220,000 fine relating to the incident earlier this week.

Rio Ferdinand 'to be fined £220,000' over racism row

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand during the warm up
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand during the warm up Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Rio Ferdinand of embarrassing him after boycotting an anti-racism initiative.

The Sun report that the England defender will be fined two weeks’ wages of £220,000 - the same as Chelsea forced John Terry to pay.

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