“We fully understand the anger of the Ferdinand family and Jason Roberts in relation to the FA handling of the John Terry case. Both Rio and Jason are long-standing patrons of our campaign and are recognised in our Hall of Fame for their work.”
“The issue of not wearing the Kick It Out (KIO) shirts at the weekend highlights the displeasure of certain players in relation to the footballing authorities’ handling of the incidents of racism in the game. We call on the players involved to now sit down with us, KIO and the PFA to draw up a plan of action to present to the footballing authorities and Government.”
Kick It Out’s chairman Lord Herman Ouseley said the players needed to speak openly about their grievances.
He told BBC Radio Five: “The issue is that the T-shirts have become the story whereas the actual grievances of black players, both current and former, have not come out in the open.
“The black players who have expressed themselves by saying they are not going to wear the T-shirt are doing so because they genuinely believe there are grievances that have not been addressed. Those grievances can only be addressed if we confront them, not by gestures of not wearing a T-shirt, but I understand why people don’t do that.”
Former Liverpool and England star John Barnes told;
Talk Sport’s Keys & Gray show today: “I understand that they are not happy with the way things are, but I think they really have to target the source of their discontentment and I’m sure Kick It Out isn’t that target.
“There is nothing Kick It Out can do to implement strategy or fines or legislation. If they are unhappy with the treatment John Terry has got, or Serbia, then they should target the right people.
“Kick It Out are suffering because a lot people believe that Rio [Ferdinand] and Jason [Roberts] aren’t happy with Kick It Out, and I don’t think they’re not necessarily unhappy with them, I think they’re unhappy with the situation. But unfortunately they are targeting the wrong people.”