Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 4:07pm

Rio Ferdinand voices opinion of John Terry matter as 'goddamn joke'

Rio Ferdinand voices opinion of John Terry matter as 'goddamn joke'

By James Coldwell

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has had his say over the decision to postpone his younger brother Anton Ferdinand and John Terry’s court case until July.

The 33-year-old used social networking site Twitter to seemingly voice his dismay at the decision.

"I feel insulted," Ferdinand said. "Woke up with a bad taste in my mouth, it's a goddamn joke!"

The message seemed to indicate the United star was unimpressed by the decision to delay the hearing until after Euro 2012.

Chelsea captain Terry was accused of racially abusing the Queens Park Rangers defender in a Premier League encounter at Loftus Road in October.

The elder Ferdinand is believed to be in two minds about whether to shake the hand of England teammate Terry before their Premier League match on Sunday.

The Premier League has however confirmed they have no plans to scrap the traditional pre-match greeting.

United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has given his support to his player and is planning to speak with him before the match.

"Rio has been fighting racism for many years and the lad must rise above it. It doesn't detract from anything to shake John Terry's hand. He has done nothing to be ashamed of," he said.

With Terry now being stripped of the England captaincy on the back of the court case, there may be a sense of hostility in the air when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge.

However, the Chelsea player will have to watch the teams' encounter from the sidelines as he has been ruled out with a knee-injury.

Rio Ferdinand also turned to Twitter by refusing to regain the captaincy.