Manchester United manger Sir Alex Ferguson has sensationally slammed veteran defender Rio Ferdinand for failing to involve himself with the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign that the club was a part of this weekend.
Ferdinand—whose brother Anton Ferdinand was subject to racial abuse from John Terry in the English Premier League last October—refused to wear the anti-racism T-shirt in protest to the comments made by Terry and his much drawn-out racism case.
That decision didn't go down so well with Ferguson, however, who claimed that the former England international had let the club down through his actions.
We are disappointed. Every player in the country should have adhered to the PFA request [regarding the Kick It Out campaign].
All the other players [at Manchester United] have done that and he's [Rio Ferdinand] gone and let us down.
But we'll deal with it—don't worry about that.
Whilst you can understand the rationale behind Ferdinand's decision, his failure to comply with what was a club-enforced policy does not reflect well on him at all.
You can understand his frustration at Terry's relatively small punishment and the personal involvement that Ferdinand has with both his brother and the Chelsea defender, but still, he should have fallen into line at Manchester United over this issue.
After all, the Kick it Out campaign is designed to eliminate racism and increase the multi-cultural nature of world football around the globe.
And considering that Ferguson heavily criticized Jason Roberts for stating that he would not wear a shirt this weekend (per The Daily Mail) and stated that all Manchester United players would be wearing a shirt—including Ferdinand and Patrice Evra—the veteran defender surely knew that he was bound to illicit a response from the Red Devils manager.
Manchester Untied are unlikely to punish Ferdinand for his intentions, though the club has not released an official statement about the incident other than the fact that they will deal with the matter internally.
Perhaps Ferdinand can take some advice from his own Twitter account.
Was Rio Ferdinand right not to wear the anti-racism T-shirt?
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