Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and brother Anton have taken aim at Michael Stewart following the BBC pundit and former Hearts midfielder’s recent comments.
The former Manchester United man and brother Anton have used their platforms to take exception to the former Hearts man after his comments about Glen Kamara. Racism within football has become a major talking point this week after the former Dundee player was allegedly subject to racist abuse by Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela during the Europa League match between Rangers and the Czech side.
The centre-back was caught whispering in Kamara’s ear with his mouth covered by his hand. While Kudela and Slavia deny any wrongdoing, some felt that Stewart went too far in pointing that out, now accused of casting doubt on Kamara’s case.
Speaking live on the BBC, Stewart pointed out a previous incident between Ross County and Rangers, saying people “could make anything up” if society jumps to the final verdict. Staggies man Michael Gardyne was accused of homophobic language during this match but investigations concluded these claims were wrong.
Stewart was clear in his assertion that he would condemn any racist abuse, but his views have proven controversial, former Manchester United man Ferdinand tweeting: “Educate yourself. Comments like this are why people suffer in silence & are scared to speak out!”
His brother Anton, formerly of St Mirren, added on Twitter: “Your comments can make the victim feel not believable! How about you use your platform to call for UEFA to make sure a proper investigation takes place & when found guilty, the correct punishment happens.”
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