Anton Ferdinand is a former professional footballer, media personality and mentor.
Anton enjoyed a playing career at sides including West Ham United, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers and now works as an Ambassador and Mentor, providing invaluable advice and insight to young players and supporting them in their careers as professional footballers.
He additionally makes regular media appearances for broadcasters including IMG, Sky Sports, BT Sport and TalkSPORT. In November 2020, Anton released his own BBC One Documentary, Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me, discussing the issue of racism within football and the impact that an on-field incident with John Terry, in 2011, had upon his career.
Anton has recently been involved in discussions with organisations including, the FA, the PFA, the Premier League and Kick it Out about how to create a lasting change within football, as well as working with social media companies and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport to combat online abuse.
Anton has been invited to speak by companies including Visa, BT, the NHS and Green Park on issues surrounding racism, diversity and equality, including a number of events for Race Equality Week. In addition, he featured in BT Sport’s Draw the Line Campaign, to raise awareness of the issue of online hate and advocate for change.
He has recently completed an Effective Board Members course and hope to use his expertise to improve inclusion and diversity at the top level.
Anton is an Ambassador for blood cancer charity DKMS, as well as The RACE Equality Code- a framework developed from over 200 recommendations, charters and pledges designed to set standards and accountability for organisations to achieve diversity and inclusion.