Manchester United FC defender Rio Ferdinand has posted yet another controversial tweet, accusing David Cameron of having “double standards”.
The tweet is a direct response to the Prime Minister’s announcement that he gives the F.A. his full support in their complaints to UEFA about the shocking racial abuse aimed towards England’s black players, in an Under 21s match against Serbia on Tuesday night.
A government spokesman told reporters yesterday afternoon that Cameron is “appalled by the scenes we have seen in Serbia and we are determined to stamp out racism internationally and at home and we are giving our full backing to the FA’s complaint on this issue.”
The United centre back tweeted last night: “Agreed, all jump on bandwagon when judging everyone else but all bottle merchants when it’s on home soil #DoubleStandards”
Ferdinand believes that there is a clear difference in the F.A. and government’s attitudes between this incident and the one involving former England captain John Terry, who was handed a fine and a four match ban for racially abusing Rio’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, in a Premier League match last year.
The 33-year-old was fined £45,000 by the F.A. in august for a Tweet branding Ashley Cole a “choc-ice” also in reference to the John Terry scandal.
Following an explicit tweet from Ashley Cole earlier this month criticising the F.A. a new code of conduct has been brought in for all England internationals to follow – on and off duty.
Ferdinand has not played for England since the appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager, however the international coach has insisted that the door is not closed on the ageing veteran. It is unknown whether Ferdinand is still considered an England player or not by the F.A., but the defender could still face disciplinary action for breaching the new code of conduct.