Ferdinand was ‘let down by soccer’

Ferdinand was 'let down by football'


Brothers Anton and Rio Ferdinand focus on racism from their childhood

Anton Ferdinand was “let down by the game of football” over his grievance of racism in opposition to John Terry, says the chairman of anti-discrimination physique Kick It Out, Sanjay Bhandari.

The Football Association decided Terry had used racist language, after the previous England captain was discovered not responsible in a courtroom case.

In an emotional programme, Ferdinand said he had not been supported by authorities on the time and that he felt responsible for not talking out.

He additionally listened to a part of the FA’s interview with Terry and concluded he was “treated differently” by the governing physique, although he was the sufferer.

Bhandari, who joined Kick It Out final 12 months, mentioned the documentary left him feeling “profound sadness that, as a game, collectively, we let him down” and that there was a necessity for “football to learn the lessons from this”.

Referring to the FA investigation, he mentioned that “much progress” had been been made by the organisation within the years since, however “across all areas of the game, such processes should be more clearly victim-led”.

In response to the programme, which may nonetheless be seen on BBC iPlayer, the FA mentioned it had “wholeheartedly supported” Ferdinand in talking about his experiences, and “believing in the case against John Terry, worked tirelessly to ensure that the case put before the disciplinary panel was robust”.

The FA stripped Terry of the England captaincy, and he was banned for 4 video games and fined £220,000.

It added: “[The FA] showed Terry no favouritism and made clear how seriously the allegations were taken.”

Only the a part of the interview between Terry and the FA that was proven within the programme was made publicly obtainable.

Kick It Out consultant Troy Townsend’s feedback within the documentary have been questioned by the FA

The FA additionally responded to what it known as “serious inaccuracies” in feedback made by Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend through the programme, which it mentioned had been “concerning”.

Townsend mentioned that the anti-discrimination physique was not allowed to talk to victims throughout an investigation as a result of FA guidelines mentioned it may need impeded the method.

But the FA denied this and Bhandari mentioned there was now an “agreed protocol” with the FA which allowed assist however preserved the integrity of proof.

He added: “Due to communication breakdowns at our end, this has not been clearly understood at all times.”

Townsend additionally mentioned he put his job in danger by talking out in opposition to authorities about racism, and that some had been paying lip service to the difficulty.

The FA mentioned {that a} perceived danger to an individual’s job was “without foundation” and the governing physique “remained fully committed and focused on driving out discrimination from the game”.

On Tuesday, Townsend tweetedexternal-link that he had “no agenda” and “no reason to present false information”, including that he had a “desire to serve the game and help it do better”.

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