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Anton Ferdinand Snubs Anti-Racism Drive
More Premier League footballers have snubbed the Kick It Out campaign by refusing to wear anti-racism T-shirts.
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was among several stars at Loftus Road who decided not to support the drive ahead of his club's match with Everton.
Manchester City defenders Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott also refused to wear them before their match against West Bromwich Albion.
Many players are unhappy at the way racism is being tackled in the game and the inconsistency of the punishments handed out after racist incidents.
Everton forward Victor Anichebe said: "Situations have happened and I don't feel the outcome has been just.
"I won't wear the T-shirt, I don't think it's right to wear it. If other people want to wear it that's their right.
"I don't want to be some poster boy for Kick Racism Out of Football. You don't really see the T-shirts until something happens, then we decide to wear the T-shirts."
The players' protest is now gathering support after Reading's Jason Roberts and Ferdinand's brother Rio both refused to wear the T-shirts on Saturday.
Kick It Out Ambassador Clarke Carlisle told Sky News: "I can completely understand where the players are coming from. The sanctions that are available to the FA for racial abuse are just not strong enough."
The boycott has divided opinion among fans.
Outside Loftus Road, QPR merchandise seller Eddie O'Connell told Sky News: "It is all false, all this shaking hands at the start of the match, it is all just lip service all this 'Kick It Out'."
Everton fan Bill Pritchard told Sky News he was not convinced that the players were doing the right thing: "For me it makes a statement but I don't think it is the right statement, I think they should be following the rule of let's kick it out and stand together for the same things."
what do you think?
I can understand that they feel like racism is not being addressed but by not supporting the kick it out campaign they are not helping. Would they prefer to go back to the 70's early 80's again and see how much racial abuse these ppl suffered back then ??
there isn't even a problem with racism in english football these days, it's just all hype started by anton ferdinand who seems to have a very big chip on his shoulder.
Spot on. And his murking brother.
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Yes Emma he is the one that has the problem with being black
Alan Shearer and Harry Rednapp, both said, on MOTD " It is up to him. he is his own man.... but my god it would be a very diffrent story if any of the white footballers had refused to wear the shirt in fact do we know if any white footballers have refused to wear the shirt??