Former England international Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he is no longer friends with his former international teammate, John Terry, who was found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, back in 2011.
Terry escaped punishment from the court of law, but he was given a four match ban by the English FA. Terry since retired from international duty claiming that the FA have not been treating him properly. Ferdinand also announced his retirement from international football in order to extend his club career. Even this was unable to prevent him from leaving United in the summer.
The 35-year-old has since joined QPR on a free transfer. QPR was the destination of his brother Anton Ferdinand a few years ago. It was during a match between QPR and Chelsea that the racial abuse incident came to the surface. Terry retired from international duty shortly, but he had come against Ferdinand on a couple of occasions with United. Despite this, the 35-year-old says that he is not on speaking terms with Terry especially given that the Chelsea defender failed to apologise for the incident. Ferdinand also does not get along well with another former England teammate, Ashley Cole.
Ferdinand will be coming up against Manchester United during the weekend and it will be his first time since leaving the club.”He never apologised to me or Anton and has never hinted he has had a moment of understanding over the damage his stupidity has inflicted on everyone. There were bullets in the post and unending racist abuse. He could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately that he had used the words in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.I think that’s probably what happened and what the truth is. Anton and I would have accepted that – instead he never gave us the chance,” said Ferdinand.