Ferdinand criticized for boycotting racism action

Associated Press Modified: October 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm •  Published: October 20, 2012
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson criticized Rio Ferdinand on Saturday for failing to wear a T-shirt promoting an anti-racism campaign, calling the decision "embarrassing for me" and hinting at disciplinary action for the defender.

Players across England donned the T-shirts during their warm-up routines for league matches as part of a two-week campaign by Kick It Out, an anti-discrimination body that has been raising awareness for issues such as racism since the 1990s.

Ferdinand, however, didn't wear the shirt before United's 4-2 win over Stoke, in protest at Kick It Out's perceived lack of action during recent high-profile racism cases. Ferguson had indicated Friday that the center back would not boycott the campaign.

"At the press conference yesterday, I spoke to the press about it," Ferguson said. "It is embarrassing for me. He will be dealt with, no doubt about that."

Ferguson added in an interview with United's in-house television channel that Ferdinand's action "lets us down."

"We did that in support of the Professional Footballers Association and every player in the country should have adhered to that," Ferguson said.

Chelsea defender John Terry was recently banned for four matches for racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, during a league game.



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