Rio Ferdinand has admitted that despite his love of West Ham fans, he always felt they were “bang out of order” over the way they treated Frank Lampard.
During Premier League Tonight on BT Sport,Lampard opened up about the negative reaction he used to get when he returned to play against West Ham with Chelsea, and Ferdinand piped in with his views on the situation.
“I always thought the West Ham fans were bang out of order for that,” confessed Ferdinand.
“One of their own players who had come through the system the way Frank did, loved West Ham, his dad played there all his life and for them to turn on him the way they did.”
The retired defender then went on to dismiss Martin Keown’s claims that it was a compliment to Lampard’s ability, as he repeated that you don’t do that “to one of your own.”
Lampard admitted that it did bother him at the time but as he played against them more and more the boos didn’t affect him, and it was Ferdinand who still looked bothered about the situation years later.
Both Ferdinand and Lampard came through the youth system at the Hammers, with both leaving the club in big money deals.
The defender went to Leeds United and the midfielder moved to Chelsea where he went on to establish himself as a club legend.
Ferdinand did add, after sharing his grievances, that he thought West Ham fans were “brilliant” bar their treatment of Lampard.
In other West Ham news, a current striker has vowed to improve his poor form instead of crying about it.