Rio Ferdinand believes racist abuse will force teams to walk off the pitch in the future


Rio Ferdinand believes racist abuse will force teams to walk off the pitch in the future

Rio Ferdinand believes it will not be long before teams walk off the pitch in response to racist abuse.

During the international break, several England players were subjected to abuse from the stands in Montenegro.

Captain Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate both admitted they would have no qualms leading the Three Lions from the field of play if it were to happen again.

Raheem Sterling responds to racist fans with a goal scoring display in Montenegro

However, with Juventus star Moise Kean suffering racial abuse in Italy and Troy Deeney admitting to receiving abuse on social media, the issue is clearly prevalent on a global scale.

Speaking before Manchester City’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, Ferdinand admitted he never wanted to walk off the field of play in the face of abuse.

However, the former England international conceded it may not be long before we see it happening on a regular basis.

“I personally would not have walked off,” Ferdinand said on BT Sports.

Moise Kean was subject to racist abuse against Cagliari

“I was involved in situations where I never walked off. I was like Raheem really.

“I wanted to win the game, shove it back down people’s throats and hopefully the authorities would deal with it.

“Now, history tells you that the authorities don’t deal with it with the severity that it deserves.

“So something drastic has got to happen and it might be walking off the pitch.

Rio Ferdinand believes players will walk off the pitch soon to combat racism