FA urged to act over Terry remarks

Asian Image: The Football Association has been urged to punish John Terry despite the Chelsea captain being cleared The Football Association has been urged to punish John Terry despite the Chelsea captain being cleared

The Football Association has been urged to punish John Terry despite the Chelsea captain being cleared of hurling racial abuse at another player.

The FA have said they will study the findings of the court case before deciding whether or not to bring any proceedings against the 31-year-old.

Terry was acquitted of a racially aggravated public order offence by chief magistrate Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

It was alleged that he had called Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***".

But the England star claimed he was sarcastically repeating a slur that the QPR defender mistakenly thought he had used during a Premier League match last year.

Former footballer and BBC presenter Garth Crooks argued Terry should still face action from the FA despite his defence.

He said: "I believe it was wrong of him to say these words under any circumstances - and though Terry has been found not to have committed a criminal offence, the FA must now decide whether the former England captain should be charged for contravening its own rules.

"If the FA don't act on the undisputed facts, and find Terry guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, a lot of good people are saying to me that there's no point in getting involved in the game at a senior level."

The FA can still bring charges even though Terry was found not guilty in court because they have a lower burden of proof - Liverpool's Luis Suarez was banned last season for racially abusing Patrice Evra but that case never went to court.

An FA spokesman said: "The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own inquiries. The FA will make no further comment at this time."

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8:36am Sat 14 Jul 12

claysman says...

case taken to court verdict not guilty why have F.A got to poke there ore in terry was cleared in court case closed
case taken to court verdict not guilty why have F.A got to poke there ore in terry was cleared in court case closed claysman
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1:07pm Sat 14 Jul 12

rightback says...

This matter should NEVER have gone to court! This is all about the race relations industry wanting to flex their dangerously ever increasing influence on public life! When you have 22 testosterone fuelled, overpaid prima donnas on a footbal pitch, you are bound to get people kicking off (pardon the pun). Given the history between the 2 men it wasn't a complete surprise! There is however one way to reduce this behaviour and that is to kick the guilty parties where it really hurts....in the pocket! if you fine them upwards of between 6 - 12 months salary for an offense, that WILL I assure you concentrate their minds! If you can find one on a footballer of course!
This matter should NEVER have gone to court! This is all about the race relations industry wanting to flex their dangerously ever increasing influence on public life! When you have 22 testosterone fuelled, overpaid prima donnas on a footbal pitch, you are bound to get people kicking off (pardon the pun). Given the history between the 2 men it wasn't a complete surprise! There is however one way to reduce this behaviour and that is to kick the guilty parties where it really hurts....in the pocket! if you fine them upwards of between 6 - 12 months salary for an offense, that WILL I assure you concentrate their minds! If you can find one on a footballer of course! rightback
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5:45pm Sat 14 Jul 12

itsallgammon says...

Have I got this right?

It seems perfectly OK for a professional footballer (or anyone else for that matter) to call someone a C*** and use the adjective F****** to go with it but not to use that other adjective B****.

I am the last person who should "throw stones" because I, like everyone else, swear when provoked. I would not use epithets like knuckle dusters just to hurt or give gratuitous offence. I have been made aware by friends that any reference to colour is hurtful - so I don't do it! It's called self control.

These people are paid (not earn) Megabucks and I think that children look on them as role models. That belief is borne out by children's behaviour and regrettably free use of language in public places.

I agree wholeheartedly with "rightback" make the fines half the annual salary (or more). After all what is a £2,500 fine to a man, like Mr Terry who is reputedly worth £25,000,000.

Am I to believe that whilst He is paid a great deal of money to be good - like Jack Point I am good for nothing!!
Have I got this right? It seems perfectly OK for a professional footballer (or anyone else for that matter) to call someone a C*** and use the adjective F****** to go with it but not to use that other adjective B****. I am the last person who should "throw stones" because I, like everyone else, swear when provoked. I would not use epithets like knuckle dusters just to hurt or give gratuitous offence. I have been made aware by friends that any reference to colour is hurtful - so I don't do it! It's called self control. These people are paid (not earn) Megabucks and I think that children look on them as role models. That belief is borne out by children's behaviour and regrettably free use of language in public places. I agree wholeheartedly with "rightback" make the fines half the annual salary (or more). After all what is a £2,500 fine to a man, like Mr Terry who is reputedly worth £25,000,000. Am I to believe that whilst He is paid a great deal of money to be good - like Jack Point I am good for nothing!! itsallgammon
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