As a window on modern Britain, the bigger picture described by Ferdinand is even more concerning than the individual grubby stains on the pane left by Terry and Suarez. Henry Winter, football writer for The Telegraph
Premier League contenders four weeks on
By Dave Daniel
We are four weeks into the English Premier League season and Chelsea are off to a flyer with four wins and maximum points. Already Liverpool and Manchester City have lost at home to teams that they really should overcome, if they are serious title contenders. Meanwhile Arsenal have displayed fighting qualities without the results. Manchester United beat Queens Park Rangers to register their first victory, but it is much too early to make a call about them, so I am sticking to Chelsea for the title. Manager Jose Mourinho knows the league inside out and has a very strong squad with the notable additions of Cesc Fabrigas and Costa surely making them the side to beat.
Rio Ferdinand launches into print
Rio has been a long serving player for both England and Manchester United, is a keen tweeter, speaks his mind and, unlike many sportsmen, can actually string a few words together. It should make for an interesting read.
The sad case of John Terry’s racial abuse
The Telegraph reports his recollections of his fallout with the then England captain, John Terry. Below is a summary:
Ferdinand admits he no longer speaks to Terry and Ashley Cole, as a consequence of the incident dating from October 2011 where Terry racially abused Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, when Chelsea played Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
For me, the biggest idiot will always be John Terry, said Ferdinand, who regrets not being able to speak out at the time due to legal advice. As England captain and my centre-back partner he could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately he abused Anton in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.
I’ve never actually spoken to John about the case. I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put us through.
There were bullets in the post, Ferdinand said. My mum had her windows smashed and bullets put through her door, and ended up in hospital because of the stress.
The end of a lifelong friendship
Ferdinand also directs his ire at his childhood friend and former England team-mate Cole, for giving evidence in court supporting Terry. Terry was cleared of the charge of racially abusing Anton, but found guilty by the Football Association of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour.
Ashley Cole had long been a friend of mine. We’ve known each other since we were kids, Ferdinand said. But for me it ended the day he decided to go to court in support of John Terry.
He admits that he made a mistake in tweeting that Cole was a “choc ice” – black on the outside, white on the inside – for which he was hit with a £45,000 fine by the FA.
John Terry: fallen hero
John Terry has been a great player, an icon at Chelsea and a wonderful servant to the England team. However, his exploits off the pitch have diminished these achievements as he has been in hot water many times. How often have we seen a quality player’s character exposed to reveal another person, someone we didn’t know before.
We are all human, we all make mistakes. Some we can forgive and others we just can’t. When we decide that the line has been crossed and that whatever great things they do, there is never the same appreciation: something is lost forever.
See you next time.