Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United's star defender, was forced into a hasty on-air apology after he called a BBC radio host a "faggot." During the exchange, DJ Chris Moyles insisted upon asking Ferdinand which teammmate he found more attractive—Paul Scholes or Alan Smith.
"Ferdinand replied: “That is not my bag, that is not my game, talking about going out with geezers.” When Moyles said that he would always prefer Smith, Ferdinand replied: “You’re a faggot.” Realising his mistake, he said: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’m not homophobic.”
Rio Ferdinand has been active in anti-bullying campaigns and gay activists were willing to accepty his apology. Peter Tatchell, the well-known spokesman for OutRage!: "Even as a joke homophobic quips are just as unacceptable as racist ones but since Rio Ferdinand very promptly apologised, I am happy to accept his regret and leave it at that."
Ferdinand On the Defensive (Times)
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