Ashley Cole in 2am stand-off with Anton Ferdinand

Anton Ferdinand (dark shirt), Ashley Cole (red cap) and Andy Carroll (white shirt, right)

Race row football rivals Ashley Cole and Anton Ferdinand came face-to-face in a 2am bust-up in a car park.

The pair were separated by pals following a tense stand-off outside a nightclub in Los Angeles.

Cole’s England team-mate Andy Carroll appeared to put a protective arm across him to keep the men apart.

Another man had an arm placed around QPR ace Ferdinand’s shoulder in West Hollywood.

A source said: “There was no row, no confrontation. They spoke but that was it. There might not be much love lost between them but there was no trouble.”

There has been a rift since Chelsea’s John Terry was accused of calling Ferdinand, 28, a “f***ing black ****” in a 2011 game.

Ashley Cole with Anton Ferdinand
Anton and Ashley after row

 

He was cleared of race abuse in court after team-mate Cole, 32, backed his account. Ferdinand later snubbed a pre-match handshake with both of the players.

Ferdinand’s spokesman last night declined to comment. Cole’s spokesman did not respond to a request to comment.

– The SUN UK