Rio Ferdinand orders last-minute adjustment to BT Sport set as Man Utd legend refuses to disregard Real Madrid

RIO FERDINAND has asked BT Sport to change the set at Real Madrid at the last minute.

The pundit was joined at the Bernabeu by Glenn Hoddle, Joe Cole and presenter Jake Humphrey.

Rio Ferdinand refused to step on the Real Madrid badge


Rio Ferdinand refused to step on the Real Madrid badgePhoto credit: Instagram @rioferdy5
Joe Cole agreed with his colleague that it would be disrespectful


Joe Cole agreed with his colleague that it would be disrespectfulPhoto credit: Instagram @rioferdy5

But he was unhappy with the producers at BT Sport after they put the set in an awkward position on the sidelines.

The desk at which the team of experts stood was centered in a position that meant Ferdinand and his colleagues would have been forced to step on the Real Madrid badge.

Ferdinand was shocked and demanded a change, which Cole agreed to.

He said in Twitter Video: “I think we need to talk here, Coley…what are they asking of us, mate?”

Cole responded, saying: “They ask us to be on the Real Madrid badge. You can’t, man!”

Ferdinand then clarified that they would be reorganizing the set, adding: “This is where we wanted to stand. We need to speak to the floor manager, we can’t. We’ll roll it up so we’re not on the badge.”

It comes just a day after Joao Cancelo avoided stepping on the Manchester City crest on his return to the Etihad.

The defender is still under contract with the Citizens and did not want to offend the club despite being loaned to FC Bayern Munich.

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His introduction to the game in the second half was booed even by City supporters, some of whom are unhappy he is leaving the club in January.

Cancelo informed the club of his desire to leave in January after a dispute with manager Pep Guardiola over playing time.


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