Rio and Anton Ferdinand ready to move on from Terry and Cole racism row

The Ferdinand brothers, Manchester United defender Rio and Queens Park Rangers defender Anton, will put the racism row with Chelsea pair John Terry and Ashley Cole behind them for the good of football, the Guardian has reported.

A statement was issued by both Ferdinand brothers in which they outlined their reasons for not wearing the t-shirt endorsing the Kick It Out campaign last weekend, and welcoming the opportunity to discuss their stance with the organisation. The Ferdinands were nevertheless critical of the Football Association and the Professional Football Association for their handling of the matter.

Manchester United play Chelsea on Sunday with Rio Ferdinand and Cole likely to play for their respective sides, and Ferdinand revealed he would shake hands with Cole in an effort to put any animosity between them in the past. Ferdinand was fined by the FA for directing an offensive tweet with racial connotations towards Cole.

Cole had given evidence in support of Terry during the trial of the Chelsea captain for a racially aggravated public order offence, after it was alleged he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. Terry was acquitted of a crime but later found to have breached FA rules and handed a four-game ban, of which the United fixture is the second game.

Part of the Ferdinands’ statement read: “On the issue of Kick It Out, we would like to go on record to say what fantastic work they have done in the past regarding education and awareness. However, times change and organisations need to change with them. We are more than happy to join the discussion, privately, to make Kick It Out more relevant in its fight to stamp out racism in football.

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