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Ferdinand Says England Shouldn't Host Major Tournament Until Racism Stops

Ferdinand Says England Shouldn't Host Major Tournament Until Racism Stops

Former West Ham and QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has come out strongly against England hosting major tournaments for the foreseeable future.

The 36-year-old has been vocal in the aftermath of Euro 2020 at how racist abuse and social unrest was handled. "There should be consequences, there definitely should be consequences," he said.

"That's how people learn," he added. "But you've got to be willing to learn, that's the problem." Ferdinand has been a part of BT Sport's Hope United organisation, campaigning against online abuse.

Ferdinand is of the belief that England shouldn't host a major tournament until they sort out the major social issues arising from this year's event.

"A lot of people who shout obscenities and things like that, they will never know what it's like to be racially abused, racially profiled, but what they can do is try to understand it," he said.

"We're in a different generation now, what we're seeing is a multi-cultural stance. It's no longer just ethnic minorities speaking about this. So it's time for these bigots and these uneducated fools to get in tune with today's society."

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Ferdinand came out in support of England manager Gareth Southgate as a template for those to learn about the handling of racial issues from an outside perspective.

"Gareth’s a perfect example, of trying to understand and getting to understand a different culture," Ferdinand said.

The English FA are carrying out an investigation into the aftermath of Sunday's Euro 2020 final. Over 80 fans were arrested for disruption outside Wembley Stadium in London.

English FA Ceo Mark Bullingham has differed from Ferdinand's point of view on hosting future events, but is aligned in condemning racist behaviour and slurs.

"It's appalling," Bullingham said, "and it's unbelievable when you've had a team that's tried so hard and given so much and done their best for their country."

"These companies need to act, they need to take responsibility for what's being posted on their sites and they need to deal with it. We think they can."

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