England Fans reported over abuse of Ferdinands

England have been reported to Fifa by anti-racism body Fare after fans sang abusive songs about Rio and Anton Ferdinand during the match against San Marino.

A number of England supporters joined in the singing of a song suggesting the brothers should be burned on a bonfire – it has been suggested the song had racist overtones because Anton Ferdinand was the target of racist abuse from former England captain John Terry.

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Rio Ferdinand was vilified by fans after withdrawing from the England squad to play the game because it did not fit in with his “intricate” and “pre-planned” training programme, although he then travelled to Qatar to commentate on England’s 8-0 win.

Fare’s executive director Piara Powar said: “Although we did not have observers at the match, we have pulled together evidence sent to us and have passed that on to Fifa. I think that it’s one of those things that is very subtle. We would say racism and other forms of discrimination is not always banana throwing and monkey chants.”

A Football Association spokesman said the organisation has received no official notification of any complaint.