Global Sports : Ferdinand: Racists Disgraceful

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Queens Park Rangers duo Rio Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey are the latest high profile figures to have voiced strong opinions after Chelsea supporters were filmed preventing a black man boarding a train in Paris.
Former England captain Ferdinand believes football has done a lot to combat racism and that a wider problem exists in society as a whole, but he has questioned whether the authorities were doing enough to tackle the problem.
The men were filmed chanting “We’re racist – and that’s the way we like it” ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain.
British and French police are trying to identify the supporters while Chelsea are also working with the authorities, threatening to ban anyone involved in the incident.
In a series of messages posted on social media, Ferdinand said: “The racist scene on the metro with the Chelsea fans-disgraceful behaviour obviously. But can football change this? Does it have the power?
“Does football want to change this? Do the people in the game that hold the power really want to put the hard yards in to eradicate racism?
“Football has come a long way since the 70’s & 80’s but are we all guilty of becoming a bit complacent?
“Football has done a lot over the years to combat racism… but society has to do more to make change or is there too much hatred in society?”
Ramsey meanwhile, Ferdinand’s boss and head coach at Loftus Road, was also taken aback by the scenes in the French capital.
Ramsey, the only black manager in the Premier League, condemned the whole affair when questioned about it during his news conference ahead of Saturday’s game at fellow strugglers Hull.
“I don’t believe that they are Chelsea fans,” he said. “I don’t believe that they are fans of football. They are acting in a manner we all think is a thing of the past. I wouldn’t be blaming Chelsea Football Club for that. If you have people with those views they are intrinsic in every day life.
“It would be good to know what the authorities are going to do to weed these people out and what sanctions they will enforce to make this an avoidable situation in the future. Had it not been caught on camera….it was probably something that was going on before, we can’t look at it as a single situation, they were just caught at that time.”
Ramsey, 52, distanced Chelsea from the incident having suffered from racist abuse since he first started out in the game.
“Chelsea is a massive club and do good things in the community and I feel sorry that they have been tarnished with this brush,” he said.
“Sometimes you can’t control what people do in their personal lives. As much as it is something that has happened in football, these are really social issues that manifest themselves in the real world.
“I started in 1978 so take from that what you may. Things were very, very different and through the 80s, 90s and up to now. Racism is not something that gets eradicated, it gets shuffled about and hidden in places you wouldn’t believe.”

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