Ryan Nelsen has defended Anton Ferdinand’s decision not to shake Ashley Cole and John Terry’s hands.
Ferdinand chose to snub both Terry and Cole during the pre-match ritual, after an incident last season in which it was alleged that the former England captain racially abused him. The 27-year-old also chose to ignore the former Arsenal left back, due to his role as a character witness assisting the Chelsea captain’s acquittal.
Nelsen who partnered Ferdinand at centre back for the fierce goalless London derby said to SkySports, “Anton didn’t deserve this, all the stuff that’s gone on.
“He and his family have had to go through so much. I feel really bad for him. He just said: ‘This is my personal thing. Whatever you guys do, do it’.
“In the end the Premier League forced everyone to do it, but I personally don’t think anybody in Anton’s situation would have done it.”