Bothroyd backs Ferdinand

Rangers team-mate impressed by defender's professionalism

Jay Bothroyd: Full of praise for Anton Ferdinand at how he has coped with row

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QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has praised team-mate Anton Ferdinand for the way he has handled the racism row that has dominated the headlines over the last week.

Video footage circulated on the internet after QPR's 1-0 defeat of Chelsea last month, with some claiming the images showed Blues captain John Terry insulting Ferdinand using racist language.

Terry has denied racially abusing Ferdinand, claiming his comments were taken out of context and that he had actually been denying using the slur in question.

The Football Association is investigating the claims and Ferdinand on Monday spoke out for the first time, saying he had "very strong feelings" about the incident.

Bothroyd has been impressed by Ferdinand's professionalism in the wake of the controversy and has called for him to focus on his football.

"Anton has been top class," Bothroyd told The Times. "What happened last week was a bit of a downer but if he dwells on that, he will do a disservice to himself.

"He just can't dwell on that negativity, he just needs to go out there and play as well as he can do.

Very professional

"He's been very professional, he doesn't want to talk or gossip about it.

"He knows that's how Chinese whispers start. He's letting the FA deal with it and just concentrating on his game."

Bothroyd is refusing to get caught up in the controversy, leaving it up to the FA to sort out.

"All my friends and family have been asking me about it but I don't like talking about it and I don't say much," he added.

"People can make their own opinions from what they see on television.

"I'm not going to comment on it because I don't want to get in trouble.

"It's an incident between two individuals and now it's out of their hands because there's an investigation."