BROTHERS IN ARMS: Anton and Rio Ferdinand
AFTER IT was alleged that two English footballers were targeted with racist chants by their own supporters, the FA have declared that they have found no evidence supporting the claims.
Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) had complained to Fifa, stating that brothers Anton and Rio Ferdinand were allegedly subjected to a racist song during England’s 8-0 World Cup qualifier win against San Marino on March 22.
The chant from England fans allegedly was: “Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put Rio on the top, put Anton in the middle, then burn the f*****g lot.”
However, the FA could not find proof to back up FARE’s allegations.
Adrian Bevington, who is the FA managing director of Club England, said: “I do want to make clear that while the journalists who have reported this have done so in good faith, they clearly have heard some chanting of a particular nature, and we're not disputing that, but we haven't been able to identify any of that from the recorded evidence that we've gone through."