Racist slur costs Terry R2.9m

2012-09-27 16:19

London - Chelsea captain John Terry was given a four-match ban by the English Football Association (FA) after being found guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand on Thursday.

An FA statement said an independent regulatory commission had issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220 000 (R2.9m) pending appeal.

Terry has 14 days from receiving the written reasons for the decision to lodge an appeal against a decision relating to an incident that took place during Chelsea's match away to QPR at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.

The ban will not come into force until the appeals procedure is complete.

In the short term, that means central defender Terry, who played in the 6-0 English League Cup rout of Wolves on Tuesday, is available for Chelsea's Premier League match away to London rivals Arsenal on Saturday.

Terry's representatives said he was "disappointed" by the decision and would consider his position before deciding whether to appeal.

Their statement said: "Mr Terry is disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law.

"He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal."

European champions Chelsea responded to Thursday's verdict by saying: "Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry.

"We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time."

The FA's statement said the commission had found a charge of misconduct against Terry "proven".

It added the FA had charged Terry on Friday, July 27, with using "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3 (2)".

The statement explained the charge was placed on hold pending the outcome of the criminal trial.

Former England skipper Terry, 31, was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand in a criminal case in July over allegations relating to the same incident.

Terry dramatically announced his retirement from international soccer on Sunday, the day before what turned out to be a four-day hearing started.

He effectively accused the FA of forcing his hand after the governing body pressed on with charges following the court case.

"I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable," he said in a statement issued last week.

England manager Roy Hodgson, who included Terry in his squad for Euro 2012, had been keen for the 78-times capped defender to continue his international career as the team try to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

"I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John's international experience and exceptional ability," Hodgson said Monday.

Terry had hoped his courtroom acquittal would be the end of the matter, as the FA's rule book states that the result of any previous legal action concerning the same matter will be "presumed to be correct".

He admitted in court that he used racist language against Ferdinand but said he was merely repeating what he believed Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

But the panel who gave Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season, said just using racist language was enough to constitute a breach of FA rules.

However, the fact Terry's ban is only half the length of that given to Uruguay's Suarez could see the FA facing accusations of double standards.


  • pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-09-27 16:32

    Probably a weeks work for the scumbag.more worrying is only a 4 game ban.what he said was much worse than Suarez who got 8 games.

      vuyanie - 2012-09-27 16:47

      dude racism is racism there's no better racism or worse. How the hell are u classifying that dude?

  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-27 16:44

    I still believe we need to act more visibility against racism in this country, especially at work place. One of the problems is that it is done so quietly, and the management tends to either overlook it, or hide it under the carpet. It has become daily life. Congratulations to ENGLAND!!!

      keith.staniford - 2012-09-27 18:31

      It was not England, it was the F.A. It only goes to prove that racism is only when it's White on Black. What a sad, sick world we live in.

  • andrevanvuuren - 2012-09-27 16:48

    How is that Terry gets 4 games for serious racial abuse and Suarez gets 8 games for calling Evra a negro?

      russel.lunt - 2012-09-27 16:56

      This comment would be valid if Suarez called Evra "a negro"; except that the language he used doesn't translate that way, and Evra knows enough Spanish to understand the difference. Suarez got an 8 game ban because the supposedly independent panel consisting of at least 1 Fergie sympathiser decided that Suarez was lying despite a complete lack of any actual evidence (and that Evra was able to use a video of the game to help jog his memory, while Suarez had no such benefit). Suarez's ban was doubled due to repeated offences claimed by Evra who said Suarez used the language 5, 6, and 10 times (obviously he's being completely honest here), and the panel agreed that obviously meant Suarez said it 7 times. Terry gets half that ban basically because there is only proof he used a bad word once.

  • francopeyper.vantollen - 2012-09-27 16:56

    Meanwhile Ukraine and Poland gets awarded the Euro 2012 for having the most racist fans

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-27 17:07

    Isn't that like a weeks salary for Terry? Should have been fined a whole season's salary. Then maybe he might feel something.

      kgaogelo.w.mohlala - 2012-09-28 13:15

      Dude you can't have a week salary,it's called wages.

  • matthew.rensburg.1 - 2012-09-27 17:08

    The fa are a joke. He was found innocent in a court of law. On what grounds can they find him guilty? and what about the poor language by the individual he fought with? Surely that should be punished too. Exactly same with suarez. Witchhunts. It takes two people to fight. U cannot only punish the one. Ppl honestly have no idea what racism is anymore. Its quickly becoming an excuse, a crutch and an unfair tactic by so called victims to gain unfair advantage because ppl like the fa are too scared of negative publicity.

  • matthew.rensburg.1 - 2012-09-27 17:14

    The fa are a joke. He was found innocent in a court of law. On what grounds can they find him guilty? and what about the poor language by the individual he fought with? Surely that should be punished too. Exactly same with suarez. Witchhunts. It takes two people to fight. U cannot only punish the one. Ppl honestly have no idea what racism is anymore. Its quickly becoming an excuse, a crutch and an unfair tactic by so called victims to gain unfair advantage because ppl like the fa are too scared of negative publicity.

      keith.staniford - 2012-09-27 18:37

      The Ferdinands in English Football are nothing short of whingeing, whining non European wank**rs! I guess that calling them non-european is racist in this sick, sad, politically correct f**k up of a world we now live in. Well f**k them I will call a spade a spade especially if the spade is as black as the ace of.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-09-27 20:38

      @Keith they are more european than you. They play for England and you? You just some white guy angry at the world based at the ass of Africa lol.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-28 09:59

      YOu are more than welcomed to die Keith, no one will miss you trust me

  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-27 18:40

    |Keith my friend you have a serious problem, I wont respond to your lowly remark.

      keith.staniford - 2012-09-27 18:45

      You have a problem themba, is because you are no white?

  • kleo.emuno - 2012-09-27 19:03

    i m chelsea fan and i like terry but for now john sorry serve your ban as you deserve it!

  • dexter.morganson - 2012-09-27 19:25

    The panel/courts are the racist ones...Every day they tell us that there is no such thing as "race" yet they find him guilty of something which supposedly doesn't even exist? That should be enough to give anyone with a bit of brains pause when it comes to the issue of "race and racism". Anything that HAS to be FORCED onto people like this by "laws" and harsh punishments cannot possibly be "right". If Terry is guilty...Good on him, he should have called the judge a lying Jew too. Probably would have been right as well.

  • eddie.khanyilekaduma - 2012-09-27 20:01

    what kind of a moron are you ,keith? probably think you are a MASTER RACE just because you white?

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-27 20:57

    I still find this whole concept amusing and amazing. John Terry was found guilty of calling Anton Ferdinand a "f**king black c**t". He was found guilty on the "black" part of the phrase. So if he called Ferdinand a "f**king ugly c**t", it would have been fine and no charges laid. This is complete lunancy and PC to the max. The truth is that Ferdinand is black, so how can you be offending him, by calling him black? If someone called me "whitey", I wouldn't be offended. If someone called me a "f**king c**t", I may well be up on GBH charges. Go figure!

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-09-28 17:08

      So why do you think he added the word black? Is it because he thinks black = bad or inferior? Can you think of any other reason Hamish? These guys are role models and are being watched by millions of kids every week. Don't try to justify racist comments. Because what Terry said was obviously racist and he deserves all the punishment

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-10-01 18:42

      @jason.vanderspuy.5 ...Read what I wrote before you comment

  • Schofeild - 2012-09-28 07:31

    Racism is a character, and hence you cannot be a racist white/black and have friends of different color. We define racism as: "The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races." Racism is not an individual act. Terry has a lot of black friends. I'm black and I can just see there's really nothing to this case.

  • sophia.tolhurst - 2012-09-28 16:09

    I think this is disgusting and going to far. This not happening in just football it is in all sports' we are men not a bunch of pansies.When i was younger playing sport when someone insulted me i gave it back, not mummy mummy i was insulted today at sports.My favourite comeback was in rugby when a player shouted out your mother is a whore the answer was "where do you think you came from" there was laughter no law suite.i wonder what was said in the old days when the wicket keeper chirped the batsman i am sure plenty of law suites.I say grow up play the game or leave the field and play with your dolls.

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