Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his distaste towards John Terry, a man who he once formed a formidable partnership with at the heart of the England defence, for never apologising to him or his brother, Anton, who was subject to racist abuse from the Chelsea captain. The former Manchester United player has said he no longer speaks to Terry, and his family were put through tormenting times due to the aftermath of the race row.
“I’ve never actually spoken to John about the case. I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put my family through.”
Terry was given a four match ban after the incident, which was less than Luis Suarez received (8) when he racially abused Patrice Evra in a match at Anfield. The underlying problem of racism in football is still yet to go away, even though multiple campaigns have been put in place.
Not only occurring in the stands but on the pitch itself, it appears that football throughout the world has a long way to go before racism is truly kicked out of the game.