Saturday, 14 July 2012

Injured Pride: Rio Ferdinand attacks Ashley Cole

Rio Ferdinand has reportedly accused Ashley Cole and called him a 'choc ice' and said that Ashley Cole is 'a traitor to his race'. Rio Ferdinand's behaviour is completely out of order but also indicates why John Terry was accused in the first place of a crime he did not commit. This is even more difficult to understand since Janice, Rio Ferdinand's mother, is white and Rio Ferdinand often talks about how much he admires his mother. So, where does his hatred against whites come from?

Having grown up in Peckham, Southeast London, Rio Ferdinand reached standards of excellence as a football player but, like many football players who come from working class grassroots, he had problems dealing with his celebrity status. Professional and personal jealousies got on the way and he seems to have used an altercation to carry out a personal vendetta against John Terry.

Why did Rio Ferdinand fail to accept the verdict of the courts and launch an attack against Ashley Cole? Injured pride. The saddest aspect of all this is that personal issues will have a very negative effect in terms of community relations both in and out of the pitch. 

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