In the news - Ferdinand’s omission from Euro 2012 squad criticised

Footballer Rio Ferdinand’s continued exclusion from England’s Euro 2012 squad has led to football anti-racism organisation Kick It Out holding talks on whether to condemn manager Roy Hodgson for his decision.

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Ferdinand’s omission from Euro 2012 squad criticised


Footballer Rio Ferdinand’s continued exclusion from England’s Euro 2012 squad has led to football anti-racism organisation Kick It Out holding talks on whether to condemn manager Roy Hodgson for his decision. The England manager has insisted that Ferdinand has been omitted from the side for “footballing reasons”. Despite this, critics have suggested that the Manchester United defender has instead been overlooked due to tension with Chelsea’s John Terry, who has been charged after allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, during a match in October.

Robbie Fowler, a former Liverpool and England player, writes in a column for bookmakers Paddy Power: “There’s not a chance Rio Ferdinand was left out of the England squad for ‘footballing reasons’. Not a chance. The public knows that too.” However others in football have leapt to Hodgson’s defence. The former England manager Sven Goren Eriksson said that the decision was based on whether a player was “match fit” and dismissed allegations of internal politics trumping footballing prowess as “quite silly”. “Roy has his reasons,” Eriksson writes. “Otherwise, he wouldn't have rejected Rio – twice. Many try to connect the dots between the race allegations against John Terry and Roy leaving Ferdinand out. I know there is no truth in these claims. How? You're just going to have to trust me.”

It is unlikely that Kick It Out will make its feelings public before the tournament begins this Friday. However it is possible that the organisation may issue a condemnation after the end of the tournament.



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