ANTON FERDINAND hopes John Terry is being ‘sincere’ in his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, after lashing out at Millwall fans for booing their own players in their anti-discrimination fight.
Nearly ten years ago, Ferdinand accused Terry of racially abusing him during QPR’s clash with Chelsea.
Anton Ferdinand has admitted he hopes John Terry’s support of the Black Lives Movement is ‘sincere’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Ferdinand accused Terry of racial abuse during QPR’s clash with Chelsea in 2011Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The now-Aston Villa No2 was cleared in court but convicted by the FA of using insulting language referencing skin colour during the stormy London derby in 2011.
Ferdinand recently made a documentary for the BBC about racism in football, called Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me.
Ferdinand claimed: “He’s supporting BLM the movement and that’s great.
“I hope that’s sincere.
“Let’s have a conversation on positive change.
“I want us to come together and how we can help the authorities.”
Ferdinand also had his say on the weekend’s biggest talking point, after some Millwall fans booed their OWN players for taking a knee in their anti-discrimination fight.
Terry was cleared of racial abuse in court but was convicted by the FA of using insulting language referencing skin colourCredit: PA:Press Association
The clash with Derby marked the first time Lions fans had been able to attend a home fixture since the coronavirus pandemic struck the UK in March.
But what was supposed to be a joyous occasion was turned sour by the actions of some of his side’s returning supporters.
Mahlon Romeo – a black Millwall player – later spoke out saying he felt ‘really low’ after hearing the sick boos.
And Ferdinand has slammed the vile fans responsible, telling GMB: “I didn’t feel good at all.
“For me Mahlon Romeo plays for Millwall, one of their black players, my thoughts are for him.
“He came out afterwards and said ‘I felt hurt and disrespected’ in some kind of way.
“I don’t think any player is [taking a knee] for political reasons.
“It isn’t political for footballers… it’s about equality and lives mattering as much as everyone else’s.”
The former defender recently made a documentary for the BBC called Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me
Ferdinand also spoke out about his documentary – after being hit with a wave of horrific abuse by some viewers – saying it isn’t about his row with Terry, but a much bigger problem.
The ex-West Ham defender continued: “I didn’t want to make it an Anton Ferdinand vs John Terry documentary.
“What we’re fighting today is bigger than the incident from nine years ago.
“I wanted people to look at it and think it isn’t right.
“We’re in a day and age where things are changing.
“I believe the onus is too much on the players to make a stand. There needs to be a collective fight against this.”
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