Players across England this weekend are expected to wear T-shirts that read “Kick it Out,” referring to racism, which have been given to the players by an activist group of the same name. But Sky Sports reports that brothers Anton and Rio Ferdinand of QPR and Manchester United, respectively, will join Reading striker Jason Roberts in boycotting the anti-racism campaign.
In an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday, Roberts said he would boycott wearing the shirt after Chelsea defender John Terry’s decision not to appeal the English Football Association’s judgment against him for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in a match last year. He believes that boycotting will send a strong message that Terry’s punishment -- a four-game ban and fine of $354,000 -- is insufficient for the crime.
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that refusing to wear the T-shirts sends the wrong message. "I completely disagree with Jason Roberts,” he said. “I don't know what point he's trying to make, whether he's trying to put himself on a different pedestal from everyone, but when you do something and everyone believes in it, you should do it together.”