A national anti-racism organisation has called for a summit meeting to tackle the grievances of players who boycotted the Kick It Out T-shirt campaign.
Show Racism the Red Card says it understands why the players opted not to show their support for the campaign.
Rio Ferdinand and Jason Roberts refused to wear the shirts publicising Kick It Out’s awareness drive at the weekend.
The players were apparently unhappy at Kick It Out’s lack of response over recent high-profile racial abuse cases.
A statement from Show Racism the Red Card said: “We fully understand the anger of the Ferdinand family and Jason Roberts in relation to the FA handling of the John Terry case. Both Rio and Jason are long-standing patrons of our campaign and are recognised in our Hall of Fame for their work.
“The issue of not wearing the Kick It Out [KIO] shirts at the weekend highlights the displeasure of certain players in relation to the footballing authorities’ handling of the incidents of racism in the game.
“We call on the players involved to now sit down with us, KIO and the PFA to draw up a plan of action to present to the footballing authorities and government.”
Former Fulham and West Ham striker Leroy Rosenior, who is an ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card, said the decision of some players not to wear the T-shirts was wrong and called on them to do more to help stamp out racism.