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Ferguson criticizes Ferdinand for racism protest

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has criticized Rio Ferdinand for failing to wear a T-shirt promoting an anti-racism campaign, calling the decision "embarrassing" and hinting at disciplinary action for the defender.

Players across England donned the T-shirts during the warm-up before league matches on Saturday as part of the Kick It Out campaign.

Ferdinand, however, didn't wear the shirt before United's 4-2 win over Stoke, in protest at the campaign group's perceived lack of action during recent high-profile racism cases.

Ferguson says "it is embarrassing for me. He will be dealt with, no doubt about that."

In an interview with United's in-house television channel, Ferguson adds Ferdinand's action "lets us down."

John Terry was recently banned for four matches for racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, during a league game.

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