Ferdinand hits out at alleged racist abuse from England fans

Rio Ferdinand has reacted to allegations he and his brother Anton were the subjects of racially abusive songs from a section of England supporters during the Three Lions’ win over San Marino, the Daily Mail has reported.

Taking to Twitter, Ferdinand said: “You expect and accept banter from fans on the terraces as it’s part of what makes the game great, but racism is not banter and from your own fans. WOW.

Always a small minority who ruin it for others.

The Manchester United defender added: “Let’s not jump to conclusions and assume though as it might just have been banter. We’ll see after the investigation.

Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) lodged a complaint with FIFA over the content of some of the songs sung by a small minority of England fans, alleging that there was a racial undertone to songs directed at the Ferdinand brothers. FARE did not have a representative at the fixture but based on the information they received in the days after the 8-0 win, took their case to the world governing body.

If FIFA decide there is a case to answer for the Football Association, the ultimate punishment could see England forced to play behind closed doors at Wembley.

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