By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Anderson was the first black player to earn a cap for the England national team and featured for Manchester United and Arsenal as a defender during the 1980s. In many ways, he helped chart the path for the likes of Paul Ince, John Barnes and Ian Wright in the following decade.
But he has come down strongly on Ferdinand's decision to not sport a T-shirt emblazoned with the famous Kick It Out foundation logo. The United defender holds the view that not enough is being done in England to clamp down on racism and, alongside brother Anton Ferdinand, opted to not wear the t-shirt ahead of their respective sides' Premier League clashes over the weekend.
The move came after their criticism of John Terry's four-match ban by the FA for racially abusing Anton which they feel is not a strict enough measure and may fail to send a strong message to would-be assailants. They also believe that a sterner stance over racism is required as the topic of racism was brought once more into the spotlight when Danny Rose alleged that he was victimised when playing Serbia for the England U-21 side last week.
Anderson, however, feels that the players should not make prima donnas out of themselves and carry the fight for equality off the pitch and respect their managers' decision during league games. Sir Alex Ferguson had firmly declared before the game against Stoke that he expected Rio to not use his profile as a top defender to prolong the saga in the Premier League.
"I don't agree with Rio," Anderson frankly told the Sun.
"You can see the manager was fuming and clearly he didn't know anything about it.
"He expects his senior boys to set an example.
"He's the manager. If he says we are all doing it together, it should be the end of the story. But Rio has gone the other way.
"I don't see where he is coming from and I don't know what it is going to achieve.
"But UEFA should be more stringent. Some of the fines are bordering on being pathetic."
Ferguson also indicated that he would have a word with the 33-year-old after the game although QPR manager Mark Hughes came out in defence of his player following their draw with Everton on Sunday.