Manchester United star has a pop at Prime Minister

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has accused David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, of hypocrisy following his comments criticising the behaviour of Serbia supporters during England under-21s' victory on Tuesday.

England defender Danny Rose and other black players were subjected to monkey chants from the crowd after Connor Wickham had scored in the final minute to secure Stuart Pearce's side's progression to Euro 2013.

The Football Association have confirmed they will make a complaint to FIFA regarding the racist chanting, while David Cameron moved on Wednesday to condemn the actions of the Serbian crowd.

Ferdinand, however, criticised Cameron for weighing into the debate, given the problems with racism in football still apparent in the United Kingdom.

"Has our prime minister just spoken on this U21 saga? Get our own house in order 1st on this issue b4 we start taking the moral high ground," the Manchester United veteran tweeted.

"We are determined to stamp out racism internationally and at home and we are giving our full backing to the FA's complaint on this issue.

"Clearly it is for UEFA to investigate this issue but we would expect tough sanctions. If we are going to stamp out racism from football, then it is no good giving derisory fines, as have been handed out in the past."

The Old Trafford star has featured prominently in one of the racism rows to have engulfed English football over the past year, after his brother Anton was subjected to abuse by Chelsea captain John Terry.

Terry was found not guilty in court of making racist comments to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but was banned by the FA for four matches following an independent inquiry.

Rio Ferdinand and Terry had previously formed a defensive partnership for England for a number of years, but the saga appeared to irreconcilably damage their relationship.

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