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Anton Ferdinand has admitted that he fell in love with the game after the high profile racism incident with John Terry.
An independent disciplinary committee found the former England captain guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand, Rio’s brother, during a Premier League match between QPR and Chelsea in October 2011.
The Football Association then banned Terry, who was accused of branding the ex-QPR defender « bloody black » for four games, and fined him 220. 000 pounds.
The new documentary « Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me » will be broadcast on Monday evening on BBC One, and Ferdinand hopes that the governing bodies will deal differently with similar situations in the future.
He told the talkSPORT Breakfast on Monday: “The documentary covers most of the legal process, but also the deeper questions related to the ripple an incident can have on someone.
« Not only you, but your family, your loved ones too . . . let people know that an incident can shape someone’s future.
« While I was making the documentary and watching it, I learned how problematic it was for me. I’ve been abused on social media for more than two years.
« It just shows people the impact of an incident and how the FA, PFA and the Premier League can come together to avoid dealing with a situation if it ever occurs again. ». ”
When Watford striker Troy Deeney asked if the documentary was therapeutic for him, Ferdinand replied, « I didn’t go into this documentary because I thought it would be therapeutic. « .
« My message is very clear in the documentation, it’s about positive changes, it’s about the next generation.
« In order for people to understand this, they first have to understand what I actually went through. It was more to me than anything else.
« I made it very clear to the BBC from the start that if it was a documentary about Anton versus John Terry, I didn’t want to participate. « .
« But if it’s something that tells people how not to deal with an incident like mine, then I’m a part of it because I’m all about positive change. « .
« It wasn’t until I started making the documentary and watching it that I realized how therapeutic it was for me.
« I’ve had psychological things, especially since my mother died, that were there unconsciously. I struggled with it, but I didn’t know what I struggled with.
« Being able to look back at it brought the unconscious thoughts to the fore. So I could actually deal with them.
« It was therapeutic for me there. I can go on. As much as I say I keep going, this is the beginning for me to make positive change. ”
Ferdinand revealed that the incident damaged his relationship with football.
After leaving QPR in 2013, he was with Antalyaspor in Turkey, Reading, Southend and most recently with the Scottish team St. Mirren active.
« I’m a little boy from Peckham who grew up on the councilman’s estate commenting while the ball was at my feet and is a player like John Barnes.
“I lived my dream of playing in the Premier League. I played in it for 11 years and suddenly it was taken from me. I fell in love with the game. I still love to play it.
« But I hated what football stood for. That’s part of the ripple effects of what happened. The abuse of social media, the lack of support from the governing bodies and my colleagues around me.
« I would say the people in my football club were very good at the time. The fan base of the clubs I played for was very, very good.
« People outside of that, the support wasn’t there for me. I fell in love with the game and I hated what it stood for.
« But I’m happy to say that my love for the game returned towards the end of my career so that I could fully experience that love again.
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