The Monkey Chant Against Rio Ferdinand: What Happened?

Rio Ferdinand

English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers has apologized to former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand after police arrested a man for racially abusing him during a match on Sunday May 23.

The episode happened as Wolves host Manchester United on the most recent day of the Premier League season, which saw the arrival of supporters in the stadium.


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West Midlands police affirmed it had captured a 31-year-old man for making a racist signal towards Ferdinand who was at the stadium functioning as a TV pundit.

After the episode of racial abuse meted out at him, he wrote this on Twitter:

“The last couple weeks, it’s been unreal to see fans back,” Ferdinand posted on Twitter. “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!”

However, Wolverhampton immediately apologized to Ferdinand in an articulation saying the team was “Deeply Sorry” for his experience and said the man involved in this whole issue would be prohibited from attending the stadium forever.

For the first time, the English Premier League permitted fans to return to the stadium on May 17 since the Covid-19 pandemic began once again a year ago.

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