Rio Ferdinand's frustration over racism is key issue, not his T-shirt

Guardian

Sir Alex Ferguson may be out of step with his response to the Manchester United defender's Kick It Out stanceSir Alex Ferguson has often faced awkward questions regarding the actions of his Manchester United players but few responses have been more contentious than the one offered after Rio Ferdinand refused to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt on Saturday.The United manager described Ferdinand's decision before the 4-2 victory over Stoke City as "embarrassing for me", following a statement the previous day that he could not understand the point of such a protest."He'll be dealt with, don't worry about that," Ferguson continued, prompting the Professional Footballers' Association publicly to back the defender's right to freedom of expression on Sunday. The ominous suggestion that Ferdinand's actions faced punishment from the club only fuels the ...

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