MX23RW : Tuesday, September 25 21:28:33

David Bernstein: 'Black players PFA in nobody's interest'

Bernstein: 'Black players PFA in nobody's interest'
© PA Photos
FA chairman David Bernstein says that the formation of a 'black players' union would be in nobody's interest.

The Chairman of the Football Association David Bernstein has insisted that a 'black players' union would be in "nobody's interest".

Several black players including Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand are unhappy with anti-racism group Kick It Out over what they believe is a lack of action towards eradicating racism from football.

As a result, there are talks of the 33-year-old setting up a breakaway group known as 'The Federation of Black Players', although Bernstein believes that this wouldn't be a good idea.

"First and foremost, I respect the right of individuals to deal with these moral issues as they think fit," said Bernstein. "If individuals and teams feel they can't do certain things then they must follow what they believe to be correct. So I support the individual. Having said that, I think Kick It Out is a first-class organisation.

"It has been doing fantastic work for 20 years, headed by Lord Ouseley, who I know very well. We have had our differences, he has given me a hard time on occasions about things but has always been very fair.

"I hope that Kick It Out manage to hold this constituency together. It's not an easy moment but if that fragments it will be in nobody's interest. Whilst respecting everybody's right to their own views, I hope Kick It Out continues to do the good work that it has done over the last 20 years."

Ferdinand was one of a number of players who refused to wear the campaign's T-shirt over the weekend's Premier League action.

Share this article now:
Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney
Read Next:
Sinclair against 'black players' PFA
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool66001421218
2Manchester CityMan City65101931616
3Chelsea65101441016
4Watford6411116513
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs6402127512
6Arsenal6402129312
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd631299010
8Bournemouth63121011-110
9Leicester CityLeicester6303111019
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves62316609
11Crystal Palace621346-27
12Everton6132811-36
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton6123811-35
14Southampton612369-35
15Fulham6123813-55
16Burnley6114710-34
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham6114511-64
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle602448-42
19Cardiff CityCardiff6024314-112
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield6024314-112

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account