Rio Ferlingo: ‘Unforgivable’ racism in football – and no action needed

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Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s icon and the most successful manager of the modern era, died on Monday.

Ferguson was forced out at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho in 2016 after the Italian left-back’s contract expired.

In the months since his sacking, Ferguson’s former players have come out of the woodwork to express their views on the club and its former skipper.

Sir Alex Ferguson

In a series of tweets, former captain Rio Ferdinand has openly expressed his disgust for “unforgivable” racists.

Read the full series and reaction in our complete guide to Sir Alex Ferguson on Deadline Day.

Rio Ferlingo: ‘Unforgivable’ racism in football – and no action needed

Ferlingo is now the latest in a long line of former United stars to criticise the club’s attitudes in response to racism.

The midfielder said: “No action was taken by the club. Everyone knows exactly what is going on.

“Unforgivable, and the players were not brought up to deal with such things. When they are brought to the club there is a change.

“Not all the players, but some. They are young, and this is their first job in football. The club needs to make a statement – a strong one – to say we don’t tolerate this kind of thing.”

The England great also took to Twitter to call on club owners to come clean and deal with the problem.

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“We need to know who were the guilty ones and what punishment was meted out,” he tweeted.

“Let us also hope at the start of the new season they will have apologised and made clear their abhorrence for racism.”

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