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Coleen 'devastated' over death of Rio Ferdinand's wife

Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen has said she is "absolutely devastated" to hear news of the death of her husband's former team-mate Rio Ferdinand's wife Rebecca Ellison.

Arsenal and Liverpool show support for Ferdinand

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool have offered their support to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand after his wife died of cancer.


Manchester United: 'Thoughts are with Rio'

Manchester United have taken to Twitter to send their thoughts to their former defender Rio Ferdinand after his wife passed away.

Ferdinand played for the Old Trafford club from 2002 - 2014.

QPR players to wear armbands for Liverpool match

Queens Park Rangers players will wear black armbands today during their Premier League match against Liverpool following the death of Rio Ferdinand's wife.

QPR: 'Thoughts of everyone' with Rio Ferdinand

Queen's Park Rangers has said the club's thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family after his wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.


QPR man Ferdinand praises Chelsea captain Terry

Rio Ferdinand says that although he "no longer gets on" with John Terry, he can admit that the Chelsea defender has been "outstanding" this season.

Ferdinand and Terry are former England team-mates. Credit: PA

The former England team-mates do not speak any more as a result of the fall-out from Terry's racism case with Ferdinand's brother, Anton.

Rio Ferdinand last year used his autobiography to say he found it "impossible to forgive or forget" the pain of that incident, but on Friday said in his column in The Sun he felt moved to praise Terry's on-the-field performances.

He said:

It's no secret that me and John Terry are not the closest of mates. But just because we no longer get on does not mean I've lost my admiration for him as a footballer.

His performances for Chelsea this season have been nothing short of outstanding and I'm not afraid to say it. John took the decision to retire from playing for England and had his reasons, but Chelsea are reaping the benefits.

John is finding, as I did, that the upside of being off the international scene is that your body gets the rest it needs which allows you to keep performing at top-level well into your 30s. As I said, me and John are not pals but then again I didn't like a lot of things about Luis Suarez either, especially when he was biting people.

– QPR defender Rio Ferdinand

Former Man Utd man claims authorities let football down

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand says FIFA and UEFA have "let football down" by failing to eradicate racism.

Ferdinand feels let down by UEFA and FIFA. Credit: PA

Ferdinand was responding to the shameful incident in Paris this week in which Chelsea supporters prevented a black man from boarding a train while chanting: "We're racist and that's the way we like it."

The ex-Manchester United man, now with QPR, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that "complacency" has allowed racism to prevail and reiterated those comments in a column for the Sun on Sunday.

To be fair to the (Football Association), they have done more than most to try to eradicate racism from the stands.

We are the standard-bearers. It's not like going to parts of Eastern Europe when you would be thinking to yourself 'what are we going to get here?'. Even those people who are racists here tend to go into a stadium and turn the mute button on for 90 minutes.

But the game as a whole has to take a zero-tolerance approach. For years it's been clear than FIFA and UEFA have shied away from doing what they needed to do. They have let football down time and time again.

– QPR defender Rio Ferdinand writing in the Sun on Sunday
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