Barton questions two separate unions
Joey Barton has given his thoughts on a possible Black Players Union being set up by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand, who refused to wear a Kick It Out t-shirt at the weekend in protest of the current efforts to prevent racism in football, has been reported to be planning a Black Players Union in order to give black players support in the event of them being victims of racism in the future.
But the controversial QPR midfielder, who is on loan at Marseille, published his thoughts on Twitter this morning and questioned how it would help the current racism issues in football.
Barton tweeted: “I feel if you create two separate groups, you force people to choose sides. There should be no sides. We are in it together. That’s the message.
“What about mixed raced kids? They have to decide if they want to be in a black players union or white. Nah, no good that…”
However, Ferdinand seems to have denied that any plans for a break way union are in the pipeline after tweeting yesterday: “Don’t believe all you read.”
Meanwhile, Reading striker Jason Roberts has explained his reasons for not wearing a Kick It Out t-shirt at the weekend and has admitted that no one has spoken to him about the possibility of a Black Players’ Union.
Roberts said to the Daily Mail: “I have not been involved in any discussions about creating a black players’ union, although I heard human rights barrister Peter Herbert saying on Tuesday that talks had taken place.”