Shake on it! Ferdinands call truce with Cole and Terry, saying: 'It's time for us all to move on'
21:38 GMT, 24 October 2012
Rio and Anton Ferdinand have called a truce in their fight over racism — and they will even shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole.
In a statement, the Ferdinand family expressed their disappointment with the actions of the Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association during the last year.
Brothers in arms: Anton (left) and Rio Ferdinand have called for a truce
But hours after PFA chief executive
Gordon Taylor responded to the threat of a breakaway black players’
union by announcing a new six-point action plan to combat racial
discrimination in the game, the Ferdinands agreed to call a halt to the
internal fighting and open discussions with the relevant bodies.
That, Sportsmail understands,
includes drawing a line under their public disputes with Terry and Cole
against the backdrop of the Terry racism controversy.
Snub: Anton Ferdinand declines to shake John Terry's hand last month
Only last month Anton Ferdinand
refused to acknowledge both Terry and Cole at Loftus Road and his older
brother was considering snubbing Cole when Manchester United meet
Chelsea on Sunday.
However, Rio will now shake the hands of Cole and Terry at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League match on Sunday.
Breakaway: Rio had considered creating a black players' union
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck issued a
public apology to the Ferdinands once Terry had decided not to appeal
against his FA ban and fine for abusing Anton Ferdinand, and Taylor’s
actions convinced them it was time to move on for ‘the betterment of the
In a statement, the Ferdinands said:
‘It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road (between Terry and
Anton Ferdinand). In that time, some of the deep divisions that exist
in football have been exposed.
Snub: Anton was among several players who did not wear anti-racism t-shirts
'During the coming months there will be
ongoing discussions, we are sure, on finding a way forward. We intend to
participate in these discussions with other current and
ex-professionals of all races, from the grass roots upwards.’
Last weekend, both Ferdinands joined a
number of black players in refusing to wear T-shirts supporting the
FA-sponsored Kick It Out campaign.
Snub: Rio Ferdinand declined to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt at Old Trafford
The statement said: ‘On the issue of
Kick It Out, we would like to go on record to say what fantastic work
they have done in the past regarding education and awareness. However,
times change and organisations need to change with them.
‘Although we have been left
disappointed by the PFA and the FA’s actions over the last year, as a
family we are committed to working with football’s existing
organisations towards the betterment of the game and to achieve
Happier times (from left): Rio Ferdinand, Cole and Terry on England duty
Taylor welcomed the statement. ‘We’ll
be very happy to involve them in the process of talks,’ he said.
sources said a federation of black players remains a