Ferdinand subject to racist abuse
Rio Ferdinand was subjected to racist abuse whilst working for BT Sport at Wolves’ stadium, Molineux. He tweeted what happened and said he would want to meet the person who did it.
The last couple weeks, itâs been unreal to see fans back. However
To the Wolves fan who has just been thrown out for doing a monkey chant at me. You need to be dismissed from football & educated. Come meet me & I will help you understand what it feels like to be racially abused!
â Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 23, 2021
Ferdinand then revealed to viewers what had happened.
âIâd love to meet up with the fella and just educate him a little bit. Punishing people without education isnât the way forward,” said Ferdinand.
“I’d love to meet up with the fella and just educate him a little bit.
“Punishing people without education isn’t the way forward.”@rioferdy5 offers his thoughts and feelings on a shameful racist incident at Molineux.
â Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 23, 2021
Wolves have since apologised and reiterated their stance against racism. They are aiming to ensure the fan is banned for life.
We are deeply sorry Rio. This person does not represent our club, our supporters or our values.
â Wolves (@Wolves) May 23, 2021
Ferdinand, Terry incident
This comes just mere days after John Terry’s interview with Henry Winter of the Sunday Times caused Rio’s brother Anton, who was found by the FA to have been racially abused by the former Chelsea defender, to tweet calling for a conversation with Terry.
I never received a call personally from JT prior to the documentary or during the process. As I stated on the doc, the door is still open to have a conversation if heâs serious about racism in football & wanting to create positive change. Call me then JT? 📱@henrywinter https://t.co/lKLF8LXc1k
â Anton Ferdinand (@anton_ferdinand) May 22, 2021
Terry defended himself during the interview with Winter.
Â âNo, Iâm not,” he said when asked if he was racist. “Racism is unacceptable. Itâs been ten years now, then to see the documentary and being made to look the bad guy in there . . . Itâs done. Thereâs a line in the sand drawn.
“Do I regret what happened? Anton can have his opinion. Youâll have yours. My opinion is very clear, I was not guilty in the court of law which is the biggest form of our law in our country. No higher.”
He concluded the interview saying that whilst he understood Anton Ferdinand had gone through some tough times, he had suffered as well.
âYes. Of course,” he answered when asked if he had any sympathy for Anton. “Heâs had some tough times but Iâve also had some tough times.â
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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