Warnock - Ferdinand is focused

QPR boss believes defender has coped admirably with race row

Anton Ferdinand: Clashed with John Terry during a recent Premier League fixture

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Neil Warnock claims Anton Ferdinand continues to take the John Terry racism row in his stride and is working hard on the training field.

It has been revealed that the Football Association and the Metropolitan Police are to investigate allegations Chelsea captain Terry racially abused Ferdinand during a recent Premier League fixture.

The incident continues to dominate the headlines, and will continue to do so until a resolution is found.

Warnock admits Ferdinand has left himself open to abuse with his continued use of Twitter, but claims the defender has coped admirably with the added attention placed on him and his game.

"Anton's concentrating on the football side and being a good defender," he said.

"He's had his moments and lapses over the last few years, but we are trying to get him to be consistent and, touch wood, he has been as consistent over 10 games as we could have asked for.


"He's been a rock in defence, which has given us a chance.

"I think he's a twit for using Twitter. I don't agree with it, but I suppose if you're into that you have to take the rough with the smooth.

"I've already told him to come off Twitter. I'm not a big fan of people talking to big groups of supporters when there's a problem at any club. There's only one winner in that situation.

"You should keep your head down and do what he's done. I think he's played really very well and let things takes their course."

The race row took another twist on Tuesday when Chelsea fans were heard taunting Ferdinand during their UEFA Champions League clash with Genk.

Warnock believes the authorities need to start coming down hard on the perpetrators if they are to ever rid the game of terrace abuse.


"I've only read about the abusive chants, but I'm afraid in today's society nothing surprises me," he said on Friday.

"You see what happens when Liverpool play United, the abuse that managers get. Stewards look away - some of them even smile at the abuse you get.

"I think they (fans) should be put in prison for about two years each, but that's just me flying a kite, isn't it?

"It's all right saying we're going to look into it, but you can't look into that.

"When you see the hatred in some of these guys' faces... it's frightening. You're probably talking about guys who wear suits to work all week.

"It's all very well to say you're getting rid of the excess when you go to a football match, but some of it goes way over the top."