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Ferdinand Faces Action From Ferguson on Shirt Protest, Mail Says

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Rio Ferdinand faces punishment for embarrassing Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson by refusing to wear a “Kick It Out” antiracism T-shirt, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Ferguson had said before yesterday’s 4-2 win over Stoke that Ferdinand would join the rest of his team in supporting the Football Association’s antiracism campaign by wearing the T-shirt.

“I’m very disappointed because I said in the press conference that the players would be wearing it. It’s embarrassing for me,” Ferguson was cited as saying after the match. “He goes and he lets us down. But we’ll deal with it, don’t worry.”

Ferdinand and Reading’s Jason Roberts were among players who refused to wear the T-shirts at this weekend’s games. They’re protesting at what they see as the F.A.’s lenient punishment of John Terry for his abuse of Rio’s brother Anton in a Chelsea-QPR game, the Mail added.

Chelsea captain Terry last week decided not to appeal a four-game ban and 220,000-pound ($352,000) fine for racially abusing Ferdinand in an October 2011 game.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty at phegarty@bloomberg.net

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