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Sunday 19 August 2018

Rio: I can't forgive Terry

Rio Ferdinand finds it "impossible to forgive" John Terry over his handling of the racism row involving his brother Anton but would still have been prepared to play alongside Terry for England.

Ferdinand and Terry became estranged after the Blues skipper used racist language towards Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match between QPR and Chelsea in November 2011. Terry was banned for four matches by the Football Association in relation to the incident, having been cleared of any wrongdoing in an earlier court case.

Writing in his new autobiography #2sides, Rio Ferdinand hit out at Terry for not holding his hands up to his error and for never apologising directly to him or his brother.

"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 that he had used the words 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."

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