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Ferdinand brothers cool break-away talk

The Ferdinand brothers want to work with Kick it Out to make it more relevant.

Twelve months after they were catapulted into the centre of a racism row, the Ferdinands have attempted to draw a line under the wrangling.

But before signing off on a statement they insist marks the end of their public interventions, Rio and Anton Ferdinand underlined their concerns at a divided game.

Anti-racism group Kick it Out were in the line of fire after the pair were among those who refused to wear the organisation's T-shirts ahead of last weekend's fixtures.

"On the issue of Kick it Out, we would like to go on record to say what fantastic work they have done in the past regarding education and awareness," said the statement issued by their management team.

"However, times change and organisations need to change with them. We are more than happy to join the discussion to make Kick it Out more relevant in its fight to stamp out racism."

Kick it Out welcomed the statement as did Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor, whose organisation is threatened by a potential breakaway movement.


It does not seem that is likely, however it is clear they believe there are serious issues to address.

"It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road," read the statement from the Ferdinands. "During that time, some of the divisions that exist in football have been exposed.

"Although we have been left disappointed by the PFA and the FA's actions over the last year, as a family we are committed to working with football's existing organisations towards the betterment of the game and to achieve immediate action.

"In the coming months there will be ongoing discussions, we are sure, on finding a way forward. We intend to participate in these discussions, along with numerous other current and ex- professionals of all races, from the grass roots upwards, across the football community as a whole."