QPR won’t punish players for Kick It Out protest

QPR defender Anton FerdinandQueens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has revealed that he has no problem with his players for not wearing Kick It Out t-shirts in protest of recent events surrounding football.

Anton Ferdinand, Djibril Cisse, Alejandro Faurlin, Junior Hoilett, Nedum Onouha and Shaun Wright-Phillips all refused to wear the t-shirts while warming up before their Premier League clash with Everton Sunday.

But Hughes has admitted it should be a personal decision and that he understands why some of his players chose not to wear them.

“There was a discussion between the players at the beginning of the week. My understanding was that everybody was going to wear the T-shirts.

“It’s a personal thing but my belief is that any campaign trying to take racism out of football and sport is a good thing and we should all try to support it.

“Everybody will have their own view on that. Some will say they are doing enough, some will say they aren’t doing enough,”¬†Hughes told¬†Sky Sports.

The QPR manager also insisted that racism has improved over the last two decades but feels that more can be done.

“I think the strides the English leagues have made in the last 20 years have been excellent. When I started playing football it was a hell of a lot worse than it is now,” he added.

“I realise we should never be complacent. The point has been made that players want more to be done.

“I am sure because of the strength of feeling, people in these organisations will question themselves and maybe that’s good. Maybe that’s why the guys feel strongly enough to do that.”

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