Ferdinand sorry for US trip
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anton Ferdinand has offered an apology after misleading West Ham United.
Anton Ferdinand has offered an apology after misleading West Ham United over his whereabouts during a recent break.
With The Hammers not in FA Cup fifth round action in mid-February, Alan Curbishley gave his players four days off.
Ferdinand used the break for a mini-holiday in the United States, but told the club he was visiting his grandmother on the Isle of Wight.
The centre-half admits he made a mistake, but insists his actions were not a sign of a lack of commitment to West Ham's battle to stay in the Premiership.
"I have made a stupid mistake," Ferdinand told the News of the World. "One I will not make again.
"If I could turn the clock back now, of course I would, but there is only one way I can make amends and that's to do everything I can to help West Ham win the relegation battle we now face.
"I owe as much to the manager, my team-mates and the fans. I would never do anything to deliberately shame West Ham, and particularly the fans, and I ask people to remember I am still relatively young and learning all the time.
"I can understand this trip looked like I was turning my back on the club's predicament, but nothing could be further from the truth.
"Because of the FA Cup, we were given a few days off, which I realise was a privilege. I then decided to book a trip to America, where a good friend of mine was celebrating his birthday. It was mine as well, and I thought there was no harm done by going to see him.
"The travelling wasn't a problem for me and I came back to the club in good time for training, so I never breached any rules like that. And I genuinely did go and see my gran when I got back.
"I absolutely did nothing wrong while I was in America. So while I'm not proud of my behaviour, I know, deep down, I haven't lost my sense of duty and loyalty to the club, and I know I didn't misbehave.
"I also know I shouldn't have gone in the first place and all I can ask is that people judge me now on my future behaviour and performances, and not on this one isolated incident."