The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Ferdinand brothers 'disappointed' by PFA, FA


LONDON (AFP) - Brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand released a statement on Wednesday expressing disappointment with the football authorities' efforts to tackle racism in the game, but pledging to help find a solution.

Anton was racially abused by John Terry in a match last year and although the Chelsea captain was recently given a four-game ban over the incident, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and Football Association (FA) have come in for criticism.

Both Manchester United's Rio and Anton of Queens Park Rangers took part in a protest last weekend that saw a number of high-profile black players refusing to don anti-racism 'Kick It Out' T-shirts prior to Premier League games.

They claimed that the campaigning organisation, partly funded by the PFA and the FA, was not doing enough to tackle discrimination in the game, but the Ferdinands have now vowed to "work with football's existing organisations towards the betterment of the game".