Rio Ferdinand Shocked At England Racism Claims

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Manchester United disappointed to hear reports of racist chanting towards him and brother Anton.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has expressed his shock at reports that him and his brother Anton were the subject of racist chanting from England fans according to BBC Sport.

The pair were reportedly subjected to vile chants from a section of the England crowd during the national team’s 8-0 victory over San Marino.

Ferdinand suffered the wrath of many England fans after pulling out of the squad for the World Cup qualification games against San Marino and Montenegro.

The withdrawal was reportedly down to the potential disruption the games would cause to the 34 year old’s training regime.

Fans were left furious after Ferdinand’s withdrawal meant Roy Hodgson was forced into starting Joleon Lescott and Chris Smalling following injuries to Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson.

Lescott has barely played for Manchester City this season and Smalling remains hugely inexperienced at international level.

Ferdinand made matters worse when he travelled to Doha to perform media analysis on England’s game against San Marino.

England fans reportedly sang songs demanding the Ferdinand brothers be put on a bonfire and the incident has been reported to FIFA by Football Against Racism In Europe.

The FA has declined to comment until it receives notification of the complaint from FIFA.