Strong words from defender’s autobiography.Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea captain John Terry in his autobiography, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The 35-year-old, now of Queens Park Rangers, has finally spoken out on his feelings on the race row involving Terry and his brother Anton Ferdinand, which he revealed has caused his family a great deal of pain.
Ferdinand was not legally allowed to comment on matters at the time, but has now made his feelings for his former England team-mate perfectly clear as he thinks the Blues stopper could have dealt with the matter much better than he did.
Terry never admitted to using racist language against Ferdinand’s brother, and the veteran centre-back has now revealed that the incident means he no longer speaks with Terry or with former Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole, who supported Terry in court despite his long friendship with the Ferdinands.
Ferdinand describes the whole affair as “impossible to forgive”, and has branded Terry an idiot for the whole thing, in what promises to be a must-read from the veteran centre-back as he lifts the lid on other major talking points from his long and eventful career.
“For me, the biggest idiot will always be John Terry,” he said. “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.
“Ashley Cole had long been a friend of mine. We’ve known each other since we were kids,” Ferdinand added. “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.”