Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Ferdinands to support campaign

Both Anton, pictured, and Rio Ferdinand are both expected to wear Kick It Out t-shirts

Rio and Anton Ferdinand are expected to wear 'Kick It Out' t-shirts ahead of matches this weekend, despite some players' misgivings over the anti-racism organisation's response to the John Terry case.

Kick It Out, part-funded by the FA, said they had been hamstrung by being forced to wait until the end of the disciplinary process before making their feelings public. Reading striker and BBC pundit Jason Roberts has become so frustrated that he will not wear one of the shirts promoting their week of action - a stance that earned a rebuke from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender who was on the receiving end of Terry's racial abuse, is expected to wear the shirt, according to his manager, as is his brother Rio.

QPR manager Mark Hughes said: "That is my understanding, I have not been told anything different. I fully expect everyone to wear the t-shirt."

Rio Ferdinand also appears set to wear a Kick It Out shirt after Manchester United boss Ferguson said all players should do so.

"I have to disagree with Jason Roberts. I think he is making the wrong point," Ferguson said. "I don't know if he is trying to put himself on a different pedestal from everyone. But he really should be supporting all the rest of the players who are doing it."

Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley insisted it was "ridiculous" for players not to wear t-shirts.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "It's ridiculous to say that by not wearing a t-shirt or by not supporting Kick It Out you are actually going to change things."

Aberdeen and Wales goalkeeper Jason Brown responded saying that he supported Roberts' stance.

He said: "I just think it's that we don't feel confident in the people who are supposed to be dealing with these matters, and we feel that a lot more could be said."

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