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Last Updated: Friday, 28 January, 2005, 08:37 GMT
FA apologises over England DVD
Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand
England's Rio Ferdinand was surprised about the DVD
The Football Association has apologised after a DVD celebrating the best post-war England internationals failed to feature any black players.

Thousands of copies of "Pride of the Nation" were included in a welcome pack for the official England fans club.

But the FA withdrew all copies after complaints and will make a new edition including several black players.

"We regret and apologise for any offence that may have been caused," the FA said in an official statement.

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Included: Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker, Sir Bobby Charlton, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Terry Butcher, Martin Peters, Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce, Steven Gerrard
Missed out: Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Paul Ince, John Barnes, Ashley Cole, Viv Anderson

"The FA is in the process of producing a new DVD, which will include several outstanding black players, who have, of course, made a huge contribution to the national team and football in this country."

The initial list of players given to the video producers is understood to have included black players but none of them made the final cut as the running time was reduced.

"A letter will also be sent to the Professional Footballers' Association, apologising for any offence caused to any current or former players," added the FA on its website.

England defender Rio Ferdinand admitted he was surprised after hearing about the DVD.

"It's a surprise to me as there would have been several black players on my personal list, such as John Barnes and Ian Wright," the Manchester United player said.

"But players should not be judged on their colour, they should only be judged on their ability."

But Professional Football Association chief executive Gordon Taylor welcomed the FA's actions once the issue had been pointed out.

"I am pleased that the FA has taken the action it has," he said.

"I hope that when the new DVD is produced it will pay a proper tribute to the increasing number of black players who have performed so well for their country."




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