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Former United’s Rio Ferdinand requests to ‘meet up’ with his racial abuser in order ‘educate’ him following racism gestures.

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Former United’s Rio Ferdinand requests to ‘meet up’ with his racial abuser in order ‘educate’ him following racism gestures.

Rio Ferdinand has announced that he was racially insulted by a Wolves fan whilst at Molineux to follow their Premier League fixture against Manchester United.

West Midlands Police have established a 31-year-old man has been detained for a ‘racist gesture’ directed at former United defender Ferdinand, who was at the ground on punditry obligation for BT Sport.

Ferdinand revealed after the news of the apprehension that he would like to ‘meet up’ with the person and help ‘educate’ him over the matter.

After the full-time whistle, Ferdinand took to Twitter to share the nauseous degree of the abuse he was subjected to.

“The last couple weeks, it’s been unreal to see fans back,’ Ferdinand wrote.

“However, to the Wolves fan who has just been thrown out for doing a monkey chant at me, you need to be dismissed from football and educated.

“Come meet me and I will help you understand what it feels like to be racially abused!”

The report from West Midlands Police said:

“A 31-year-old man has been arrested at the Wolves vs Manchester United match this afternoon after a racist gesture was directed at Rio Ferdinand.

“We will not tolerate football hate crime.”

A restricted number of the Wolves fanbase was admitted back into the stadium for the first time in over a year after coronavirus confinements were lifted across the UK.

With manager Nuno Espirito Santo exiting and the season coming to an impassioned end, the event was spoiled by the gesture targeting Ferdinand.

After host Jake Humphrey said that his co-worker was abused, Ferdinand went into more particular and emphasized that education is the way forward.


“Fortunately I’ve just had a tweet come through from West Midlands Police saying that the fan has been arrested and he’s currently in custody,” Ferdinand said.

“It says they take racism very seriously which is pleasing to see and refreshing.

“But listen, I’d love to meet up with the fella and just educate him a little bit.
“I think that’s part of the problem, punishing people without education isn’t the way forward and it’s disappointing.
“People have waited all these months, over a year to get back in the stadium and then you come in with ignorance like that.

“Uncalled for, not needed, not warranted at all. Disappointing really. But listen, that’s just a very small minority in the stand that was doing it.

“We were having banter with the fans and stuff.

“The fans here, the emotion and atmosphere they created today was fantastic and that’s one person that tries to destroy it for everybody else.”

While acknowledging directly to Ferdinand’s tweet, Wolves gave an apology through a statement.

The club stated:

“We are deeply sorry Rio. This person does not represent our club, our supporters or our values.

“We can confirm that this individual has been arrested by West Midlands Police, who we will support to ensure that the strongest action is taken, including a lifetime ban from our club.”

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Former United’s Rio Ferdinand requests to ‘meet up’ with his racial abuser in order ‘educate’ him following racism gestures.


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