Ferdinand blasts fans over 'racist abuse'
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at the England fans who sang abusive songs about him during the win against San Marino last week as a result of his withdrawal from the squad.
You expect+accept banter from fans on the terraces as its part of what makes the game great,but racism is not banter,& from ya own fans. WOW Always a small minority who ruin it for others. Let's not jump to conclusions + assume though as it might just have been banter. We'll see after the investigation. FARE has sent reports of racist or xenophobic abuse at three #FIFA WC qualifiers on 22/3/13:Croatia v SerbiaPol v UkraineSan Marino v Eng
FARE said on its Twitter account it has "sent reports of racist or xenophobic abuse" to FIFA regarding three World Cup qualifiers, including England's 8-0 win in San Marino.
A FARE spokeswoman said in the Daily Mail: "It refers to the racist abuse Rio Ferdinand received, along with his brother Anton.
"We don't make the judgement. We send a report to FIFA but in the end it's their decision whether they open proceedings or not. And whether they issue a fine or not."
FARE's executive director Piara Powar told the Press Association: "Although we did not have observers at the match we have pulled together evidence sent to us including media comment and have passed that on to FIFA.
"I think that it's one of those things that is very subtle. We would say racism and other forms of discrimination is not always banana throwing and
monkey chants. It can be very subtle and the people collating the reports believed it is strong enough to send on to FIFA.
"From the reports we have seen I personally think there was an undercurrent of race there, and other people have thought that it has been imbued with racist overtones.
"Whether FIFA think that is strong enough to take action is another question entirely and we accept that it is certainly an unusual report."
The Football Association, however, released a statement on Friday afternoon saying that it has not found any evidence of racist chanting in its recorded footage from the San Marino game.
The statement read: "The FA takes all incidents and allegations of racism extremely seriously. In San Marino, we had FA security officers monitoring the English supporters in the stadium. This includes recorded video footage. We also worked closely with UK Police in advance of and on the night of the game.
"While we have no reason to dispute the media reports which are without doubt made for the right reasons of fighting racism, at this time we have not found any recorded evidence of the specific discriminatory chanting referring to Rio and Anton Ferdinand and the vile 'bonfire' song. We will of course continue to review all of our recorded footage."
Information from the Press Association was used in the report
You expect+accept banter from fans on the terraces as its part of what makes the game great,but racism is not banter,& from ya own fans. WOW— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 29, 2013
Always a small minority who ruin it for others.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 29, 2013
Let's not jump to conclusions + assume though as it might just have been banter. We'll see after the investigation.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 29, 2013
FARE has sent reports of racist or xenophobic abuse at three #FIFA WC qualifiers on 22/3/13:Croatia v SerbiaPol v UkraineSan Marino v Eng— FARE (@farenet) March 28, 2013