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.
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.
“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.
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“I think a manager may have to stand up and go ‘Listen, come off the pitch’.
“And then people will not come into the stadiums and then the authorities will have to have a real look at themselves because, at the moment, it’s not happening.
“And it’s easier for the likes of Raheem, people at the top-level, because they get the exposure.
“My concern a lot of the time, is for people in the lower leagues – they get abuse and get no help.”
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