Ferdinand reveals 'strong feelings'
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has revealed he had "strong feelings" following his clash with England captain John Terry that has led to a Football Association racism investigation.
In his first public statement on the incident, Ferdinand also said he was sure the FA would carry out a "very thorough inquiry" into the matter. Terry has denied racially abusing Ferdinand during QPR's clash with Chelsea at Loftus Road on October 23.
On Tuesday the FA launched the investigation into Terry's alleged racial slur and the incident has been the subject of intense media scrutiny ever since.
There had been speculation over the weekend that Ferdinand would release a statement containing his version of events, but he instead decided to keep his counsel on the matter and chose to state only that he was happy to leave the FA to take charge of the matter.
After submitting his account of the exchange with Terry, Ferdinand released the following statement: "Today (Monday 31st October 2011) I finalised my statement with the Football Association with regards to the incident that occurred last Sunday at Loftus Road in our Barclays Premier League fixture against Chelsea.
"I have very strong feelings on the matter, but in the interests of fairness and not wishing to prejudice what I am sure will be a very thorough inquiry by the FA, this will be my last comment on the subject until the inquiry is concluded."
Terry has denied racially abusing Ferdinand, who he admitted had accused him of making a racist remark, but insisted his own response was actually a denial and not racist in any way.
Both players returned to action this weekend, with Terry captaining the Blues to defeat against Arsenal, and Ferdinand playing for QPR in Sunday's 3-1 loss at Tottenham.
Ferdinand received high praise from Neil Warnock on Sunday for the way he has handled himself throughout the saga, and the defender returned the compliment on Monday, thanking his manager and the club's hierarchy for their support.
He added in his statement: "I would like to thank the club, Tony Fernandes, Amit Bhatia, Neil Warnock, the supporters and my fellow professionals for their unwavering support."