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Amid reports last weekend's 'Kick It Out' t-shirt debate was dividing opinion between manager and player, the Manchester United boss has moved to praise his player and his sibling

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the statement made by Rio Ferdinand and Anton Ferdinand, after the brothers reiterated their stance on racism within football last weekend.

Initially, Sir Alex was angered by Rio's decision not to wear his 'Kick It Out' pre-match t-shirt, but his stance has since changed after a period of reflection.
FERDINANDS DISAPPOINTED WITH PFA
The brothers released a statement making clear their opinion that not enough has been done to tackle racism, in light of abuse suffered by Anton.

Whilst the Ferdinands' praised the working anti-racism campaigners 'Kick It Out' have done, they admitted their overwhelming disappointment at the Football Association's handling of the John Terry affair.

"Rio and Anton have done the right thing with that statement," Ferguson told The Daily Mail. "It has been bubbling along and the racism issue has not completely gone away.

"I am sure the PFA are doing their best. The FA, Uefa and Fifa need to do more though."

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was also caught up in the storm over Terry's alleged racist slur on Anton Ferdinand, but it is thought he will 'clear the air' with Rio when their teams meet this weekend.

Cole has recently been fined by the FA for a tweet relating to the case, but it's rumoured he will shake Rio's hand in order to put the incident behind them.

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