Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been backed by PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle over his stance of protesting against the Kick It Out campaign while Edin Dzeko does not want to be just a super-sub for Manchester City. Also, Tony Pulis has stated his decision of keeping Shawcross at Stoke City.

Rio Ferdinand Backed By PFA Chief

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Right or wrong?

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has backed Rio Ferdinand for making a personal decision of not wearing the Kick It Out campaign T-shirt ahead of the game against Stoke City. The English defender came under heavy criticism from his manager for his stance as Sir Alex claimed to be embarrassed and promised to deal with Ferdinand in due course of the week. However, the PFA chief felt that Rio was within his right to do what he did.

We will definitely monitor the situation very closely and make sure Rio Ferdinand’s rights as a human being, never mind as a footballer, are not undermined in this position. Everyone has a right to free speech. Just like you can’t coerce anyone into shaking hands, you can’t make somebody wear a T-shirt – although I do personally believe that joining in with the campaign is the best way forward, and then for all these players to get together and put what it is they want down on paper so we together as a union – all the players, one with another – can make those changes and move forward.

Edin Dzeko Does Not Want To Be A Super-Sub

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has stated his reluctance to constantly perform the so called super-sub role for his club. The Bosnian was instrumental in the champions’ come from behind win at the Hawthorns as he came off the bench to score a brace in the final ten minutes to give his team an improbable victory. The former Wolfsburg man has scored four of his six goals as a substitute this season, but wants to start more games for the Blues.

“The manager is there to pick the team and I’m there when the team needs me, but I was never a super-sub even before I came to Manchester City. I always used to play from the beginning and I scored a lot of goals – not as a sub. In the last few games the situation has been like this and I’m just happy to be scoring goals. But I will never be a super-sub, I want to play.”

It will be interesting to see how Mancini manages this situation having already faced the Carlos Tevez saga last season due to similar circumstances.

Ryan Shawcross Is Not For Sale, Insists Pulis

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has stated that his premier defender Ryan Shawcross is staying at the Britannia Stadium in the foreseeable future despite claims from various clubs across the country. Sir Alex Ferguson had already regretted his decision to sell the English defender earlier in the week which in itself is the measure of Shawcross’ talents. Also, his recent call up to the national side was a worthy reward of his progress in the recent seasons.

Ryan is our captain, he is only just 25. We won’t see the best of him for another two or three years. The big clubs spend a hell of a lot of money on their youth development programmes but there is always a player there who might get stuck in the traffic of people coming through. Ryan is one of them. He was a great signing and the good thing is he wants to get better. He has that desire about him.”