Manchester United manager patches things up with Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has been left out of the Manchester United squad for Tuesday’s match against Braga, although this is in no way related to the row that took place over the weekend when the central defender refused to wear a “Kick racism out of football” t-shirt.
October 22nd, 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly embarrassed by the move after stating on Friday that all of his players would wear the t-shirt before the warm-up of the match against Stoke City, with the United manager commenting after the game that he would see out Rio for talks.
However, the Scot has admitted that Ferdinand put forward a compelling argument and that a communication breakdown occurred which led to the player and manager not seeing eye to eye.
“I spoke to Rio,” said Ferguson.
“The issue is pretty simple. There was a communication problem.
“He felt I should have spoken to him on Friday and I didn’t anticipate there would be any problem in the dressing room as far as the T-shirt was concerned.
“I have listened to the conviction of Rio and I think it is quite compelling. I can understand his stance.
“But I think you are always stronger as a union. There’s more solidarity than as a single unit.
“The advice I would give is that he should take it up with the proper authorities. It is only through that he will make his voice heard.
“Obviously as the manager of the club when you lay down policy you don’t want to see it being ignored. That’s where my anger came on Saturday.
“But we have resolved the situation, there are no lingering problems and we move on. That is the end of the matter.”