Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was watching the match for BT Sport when a Wolves fan inside the stadium racially abused him.
Ferdinand has accused a Wolves fan of racial abuse after alleging the supporter made monkey gestures in his direction during Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Molineux.
It was the first time this season – for the last match – that fans were welcomed back into Molineux, and most fans tried to make the occasion about saying goodbye to manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Disgraceful that @rioferdy5 experienced racist abuse at the game. Strong response on BT Sport, credit to him. 👏🏼❤️
— Stretty News (@StrettyNews) May 23, 2021
Sadly, one individual used the game as an opportunity to racially abuse another human being. Ferdinand took to Twitter with an emotional post:
The last couple weeks, it’s been unreal to see fans back. However
To the Wolves fan who has just been thrown out for doing a monkey chant at me. You need to be dismissed from football & educated. Come meet me & I will help you understand what it feels like to be racially abused!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 23, 2021
This isn’t the first episode of racism with United players this season. Social media has become a pit of hate, with a number of players subject to online abuse this season such as: Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Fred.
Far too many instances of racism this season.
On air, Ferdinand made it very clear that he would like to meet the Wolves fan in question to ‘educate him’.
Footage courtesy of BT Sport:
"I'd love to meet up with the fella and just educate him a little bit.
"Punishing people without education isn't the way forward."@rioferdy5 offers his thoughts and feelings on a shameful racist incident at Molineux.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 23, 2021