Last updated : 22 January 2006 By Ed

Ferdinand told The Sun.

"I certainly don't bear any grudges.

"I spoke to Sven and I respect him for calling me, but knowing him as I do, I would have expected him to do that.

"There's no problem between us. He supported me during my ban for missing a drug test and has always played fair with me in the past.

"I'm not going to discuss what was said between us and I won't dwell on it. It's happened and that's it.

"I can't speak for the other players, but as far as I'm concerned, it hasn't undermined my relationship with him."

Ed. With platitudes like this, how long will the Sun and NOTW continue to protect him?