Henry Winter tells the Sunday Supplement the Ferdinand should explain their boycott

Last Updated: 28/10/12 3:33pm

Henry Winter says Ferdinands need to be part of the solution

Rio and Anton Ferdinand must explain their grievances against the way football tackles racism and take a central role in combatting the issue, according to The Telegraph's Henry Winter.

The two brothers released a statement this week expressing their disappointment at the FA's handling of the John Terry case, when the Chelsea defender was banned for four matches for racially abusing Anton.

But they also indicated they are now ready to move forward and on Saturday Anton wore the Kick It Out anti-racism T-shirt, which he and Rio had refused to wear last weekend.

The Sunday Supplement panel welcomed the Ferdinands move but insisted they must go further and air their specific grievances and frustrations in order to improve the way football fights racism.

"They have to explain their individual grievances, remove the emotion, remove the emotional situations that have gone on between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry and explain how you take it on."

Henry Winter

"They have to come out and say what the next stage in the fight against racism is," Winter told Sunday Supplement.

"They have to explain their individual grievances, remove the emotion, remove the emotional situations that have gone on between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry and explain how you take it on.

"I really feel for the people at Kick It Out. They are seven people, they get £400,000 to fight not just racism but all forms of discrimination. So Rio and Anton Ferdinand and Jason Roberts should be helping them.

"Going out and doing more school visits with Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out and explaining to everyone what the situation is."

The Sun's Shaun Custis commended the Ferdinands for their statement last week but agreed that they must go further and disclose the full details of their objections to the Kick It Out campaign.

However he wonders whether they will ever do so as they, along with John Terry, appear to be reticent about speaking out.

Statement

"I thought the statement put out by the Ferdinands was a good one," he said. "It sort of put across their grievances but also understanding that they had to draw a line under it because we could not go on like this.

"I would still like Rio or Anton to really come out, preferably in The Sun, saying what the whole problem is. We know the rift with Terry and Cole but the problem with Kick It Out..? Properly explain it because I still don't feel that we really got to the numb of that.

"I think a lot of people in the country were surprised at the reaction of black footballers against Kick It Out. They do as much as they can do properly; it seems to me, to kick racism out of the game.

"They are a small department, they have done some great work and in England we seem to work very hard against racism.

On the record

"So to have this big reaction and for them to say it is not good enough and to not wear the T-shirt, I think it would be helpful if they actually went on the record and said exactly what it is.

"I would like to see it happen but I don't know if we will ever get to that point now because they (the Ferdinands) said in their statement that is it and they want to move on.

"Equally is John Terry ever going to talk about his situation? I don't think he wants to either."