London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed defender Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton after they argued not enough is being done to tackle racism, and urged the football chiefs to buckle up.
“Rio and Anton did the right thing. But the race issue is bubbling along. It`s not completely gone away,” the BBC quoted Ferguson, as saying.
“The awareness is getting stronger. The Professional Footballers Association is doing its best but UEFA, FIFA and the Football Association have to do more,” he added.
The Ferdinand brothers criticised the Football Association and the Professional Football Association in a statement, which argued deep racial divisions between players have been exposed.
Chelsea captain John Terry was banned for four matches after being found guilty by the FA of racially abusing QPR defender Anton, 27, in a Premier League match last October.
It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I am glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar, Indian boxer