Soccer

Grant: Terry is no racist

2012-09-25 12:29
Avram Grant (AFP)

London - Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant on Tuesday slammed the Football Association (FA) for taking action against John Terry, but admitted he was surprised by the player's decision to end his England career.

Terry returned to FA headquarters at Wembley stadium in northwest London on Tuesday morning for the second day of a disciplinary hearing over a charge he used racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The 31-year-old central defender was cleared of racially abusing fellow defender Ferdinand in court last July. The FA investigation however followed the criminal proceedings.

"Nobody thinks that John Terry is a racist, so the FA need to leave it," Grant, who coached Chelsea from 2007-2008, told BBC radio.

"John likes to fight and he's very passionate about the national team so I was surprised. But he's not a child - he knows what he's doing. One thing I must say about JT is that he's not a racist, that's for sure. He's a good man."

Terry effectively accused the FA of forcing his hand after they pursued charges, despite him being cleared in the criminal case of a racially-aggravated public order offence over the same incident last October.

Although the FA accepted that the case had taken too long to resolve, it denied Terry's claim, insisting that there were two separate proceeds between England matters and those at club level.

Read more on:    fa  |  avram grant  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 

Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!

 
 

Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs
Vote

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.