Racism row

Ferdinand speaks of 'crazy' week

October 28, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Anton Ferdinand broke his silence for the first time since becoming embroiled in an alleged race row involving England and Chelsea captain John Terry, referring to the events of the past week as "crazy".

Anton Ferdinand and John Terry
PA PhotosThe incident involving Anton Ferdinand and John Terry is being investigated

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Terry has since denied any wrongdoing, but the Football Association are investigating the claims, while the Metropolitan Police are also involved after receiving an anonymous complaint. Ferdinand, though, insists his mind is on football, with QPR heading to Tottenham this weekend, but concedes it has been an extraordinary time in his life.

"The last few days have been crazy," Ferdinand told the Daily Telegraph. "But I'm looking forward to Sunday's game and fully focused on football. Anyone who knows me will know that whatever's going on, football's always going to be my number one priority."

Ferdinand refused to talk about the moments surrounding the alleged incident. However, the QPR defender thanked his team-mates, as well as his peers at other clubs, for the support they have shown him.

"I'd like to thank players like [Blackburn's] Jason Roberts for the support they have given me. Not just professionals at other clubs but my team-mates at QPR. They've been fantastic for me. Having team-mates around you like I have is nice to feel, and nice to see," he said.

As part of their ongoing investigation, the FA will speak to both Ferdinand and Terry, while other QPR and Chelsea players could be called upon.

"Has it been the craziest week of my life? There's been other situations, but it's certainly up there. But these types of situations are what make you," said Ferdinand.