Rio: not a fan of ‘haters’

Rio Ferdinand WILL represent England at this Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino...from a TV studio in Qatar.

Rio: not a fan of ‘haters’

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March 21st, 2013

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The beleaguered Manchester United defender, 34, has come under severe criticism for his decision to contribute analysis on Al Jazeera which will entail a 15-hour round trip, rather than to fly two hours from Birmingham to San Marino as part of the squad.

Ferdinand cited his “intricate pre-planned programme” for attaining match fitness and combating a persistent back problem as the reason for pulling out of the match. He didn’t feel a trip with the England squad would have benefitted these preparations for his regular club appearances – it’s this form which has earned him a call-up in the first place – but Rio met with Hodgson to express regret that he wouldn’t be able to take part in the next two qualifiers before stating that he has no interest in stepping down from national duty.

Instead, Rio has flown to Doha where he’ll broadcast live from the Al Jazeera studio tomorrow night; the longer journey will have done nothing for his bad back but as it was an over-nighter, we assume he’ll have been in one of those adjustable chairs which fold back into beds.

As all voices of our generation are wont to do nowadays, Rio took to his Twitter account to address the backlash.

“Flown out for some pre-planned downtime…with a bit of punditry thrown in for a game I would have watched anyway…No different from what I done on the last 10-day international break.

He wisely concluded, “haters are gonna hate.”

Quite, Rio; it is, indeed, in the nature of “haters” to “hate” – and this writer for one applauds your ability to rise above said “hate”. Enjoy your health spa.



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