"English football should be proud of what we've achieved."
In a statement released after
QPR's 1-0 win over Chelsea
at Loftus Road, Terry, 30, said the incident between him and Ferdinand - which only came to light when viewers of video replays claimed to see Terry use a "racial slur" - was a "misunderstanding".
On Thursday, Ferdinand, 26,
told the Daily Telegraph
that he had not heard what Terry was alleged to have said but thanked those within the game who had supported him.
Fernandes said he had spoken to the former Sunderland man to offer his backing.
Former England winger John Barnes, who suffered racist abuse as a player, said that he was not surprised to hear the allegations of racism in football.
"I'm not shocked," the former Liverpool man told Sportsweek. "We're very naive if you think we do not have racism in football. We have to stop people thinking it, not just saying it.
But Barnes stressed that he did not believe that Terry was racist.
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