The anger of the Ferdinands towards John Terry is not a new story to any Chelsea fans. There was always a club level stress being on the other sides of two of the fiercest rivals in English football, and Rio Ferdinand also eyed the captaincy that Chelsea skipper John Terry was offered in his England days, further straining his relation with John. And many might point out to this when Rio Ferdinand opted to freshly reopen wounds that should have been long forgotten.
Rio came out on the defence of his younger brother ‘Anton’ who claimed that he was racially abused by John Terry, to which the court found John to be innocent. However, the English FA wasn’t satisfied with the decision of the court and decided that John had to be punished. He was publicly demanded to put his arm band down, which the then England manager Fabio Capello didn’t approve of. Fabio stood by his captain and tried his best to help him retain the arm band, the failure of which forced him to resign from the managerial position, only to be replaced by Roy Hodgson. John Terry soon retired internationally after realizing he had lost the trust of the English faithful.
And after everything seemed to calm back to normality, Rio Ferdinand landed fresh blows recently in his autobiography where he openly branded the Chelsea captain as ‘stupid’.
Read what he had to say about the matter:
“For me, the biggest idiot will always be John Terry. As England captain and my centre-back partner he could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately he used the word in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.”
“I think that’s probably what happened and what the truth is. Anton and I would’ve accepted that – instead he never gave us a chance.
“I’ve never actually spoken to John about the case. I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put us through.”
He further wrote how the incident damaged his relation with Ashley Cole, who he felt had betrayed his trust.
“Ashley Cole had long been a friend of mine. We’ve known each other since we were kids,” he continued.
“But for me it ended the day he decided to go to court in support of John Terry.
“Anton rang me and my head nearly blew off. He was betraying Anton, who he’d also known for years.”
What do you think about these open statements from Rio Ferdinand? Do you agree with him and would have wanted John to admit his mistake and apologize. Do let me know of your views in the comments section below.
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