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United ace hits back after alleged racist chanting

TARGET: Rio Ferdinand

MANCHESTER UNITED defender Rio Ferdinand has expressed his shock and disappointment at alleged racist chanting towards him by England fans.

The former England player has commented on the reported racist chanting that was directed towards him and his brother Anton by England fans during the Three Lions' recent 8-0 win against San Marino.

"You expect and accept banter from fans on the terraces as it's part of what makes the game great," Rio tweeted.

"But racism is not banter and from your own fans - WOW."

The 34-year-old also added: "Always a small minority who ruin it for others."

Meanwhile, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Ferdinand to explain his reason for withdrawing from the England squad to England boss Roy Hodgson face to face.

"He needed to explain how we handle him now and how he prepares for games. I think Roy appreciated that." Ferguson said.

Hodgson has said that discussions need to be held between the Football Association and United before he can consider selecting Ferdinand again.

Ferguson said: "I don't think there is any need [for discussions].

"Roy phoned me and I said he would need to speak to Rio, for what his reaction is. The matter was put to rest when Rio went to see him."

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