Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Warnock stays silent over Terry race row

QPR manager Neil Warnock yesterday remained tight-lipped over allegations Anton Ferdinand was racially abused last weekend and insisted it has not become a major distraction.

Video circulated on the Internet after QPR's 1-0 defeat of Chelsea last Sunday, with some claiming the footage showed Blues captain Terry insulting Ferdinand using racist language.

Terry has denied any wrongdoing, but the Football Association are investigating the claims, while the Metropolitan Police are also involved after receiving an anonymous complaint.

Despite the ongoing investigations, Warnock insists it has not taken his side off track ahead of tomorrow's trip to Tottenham.

“I can honestly say it hasn't really (been distracting) as we just have to focus on Spurs,” he said.

“The place has been buzzing as you would expect (after the Chelsea win).

“I don't think teams like QPR win very often against the Chelseas of this world.

“I think somebody said it was over 10 years since a promoted club beat Chelsea.”

While Warnock was quick to talk about the ramifications of the Chelsea victory, he batted away any Ferdinand-related questions.

QPR issued a blanket ban on questions regarding the allegations at yesterday's press conference and when asked how Ferdinand was ahead of the Tottenham match, he said: “He is playing very, very well.

“I think he is probably one of the best centre-backs in the country at the moment.

“I think Anton Ferdinand is a very good player and I am delighted to have him here.”

Warnock would not be drawn on the investigation, but did give his broader opinion on racism in modern football.

“I have not come across much in football over the years,” he said.

“It used to be very bad, I thought it was very bleak in the 80s coming up to the 90s. I thought that was probably the worst period.

“There are a lot worse countries than England.”