Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he is furious with Rio Ferdinand’s decision to refuse to wear a kick it out anti-racism t-shirt this weekend.
United beat Stoke 4-2 on Saturday, and in a press conference after the game Ferguson said:
"I'm very disappointed because I said in the press conference that the players would be wearing it. It had the support of the PFA, and every player in the country should have adhered to that from the PFA's request. We are all wearing the badges and he goes and he lets us down. "It's embarrassing for me. But we'll deal with it, don't worry.""
By dealing with it the Sun reports Ferdinand will be fined £220,000, about two weeks wages.
Ferdinand was not alone in the kick it out boycott, with many players across the premier league such as Jason Roberts and Joleon Lescott also snubbing the shirt. The boycott is a response by some players that they feel the campaign has not done enough to stamp out racism in English football, after the perceived leniency to John Terry by the FA’s inquiry panel.
Managers such as Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have criticised the boycott, saying that all players should unite over the issue. Regardless of where the players stand, the boycott itself has drawn much more attention to the kick it out campaign and an issue that has blighted the reputation of English football over the past year.
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