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Anton Ferdinand to front racism documentary for BBC One

Anton Ferdinand to front racism documentary for BBC One
Former West Ham United footballer Anton Ferdinand is to front a new documentary for BBC One exploring the issue of racism in the game.

Former West Ham United and Reading defender Anton Ferdinand is to explore the timely issue of racism in football in a new documentary for BBC One.

The 35-year-old last played for St Mirren in 2019 and spent the 2019-20 season - a campaign marred by multiple incidents of racism - speaking to players, managers and policy makers about the subject.

The hour-long Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me will also feature Ferdinand, brother of ex-England skipper Rio Ferdinand, talking about his own encounters with racism during his career and how it has affected him and his family.

"Racism is still a prominent issue in football and during the filming process alone, there have been numerous incidents on and off the pitch," Ferdinand said.

"I hope by sharing my own personal experiences of racism I can help people understand this subject better. It's of huge importance and should matter to us all."

BBC One has also announced two other one-off celebrity-led documentaries: Race, Coronavirus And Me with David Harewood, exploring the link between COVID-19 and race; and Patrick Kielty: My Nation, Its Border And Me, where the presenter will look back on the history of Northern Ireland to coincide with 100 years since its creation.

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