Grant: Terry is no racist

2012-09-25 12:29

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.


  • philhaj - 2012-09-25 13:50

    The whole world knows JT is not racists and the whole point is that he abused someone using some racial connotations and he must be punished just like Suarez..

      paul.gellard.12 - 2012-09-25 13:58

      But that's the whole point. JT didn't "abuse" Anton Ferdinand. He was repeating what he thought had been said by Ferdinand. That's what was proved in court. Suarez was a clear case of racial abuse. He was punished and rightly so, but this case is completely different to Suarez v Evra.

      philhaj - 2012-09-25 15:04

      its impossible 4 him 2 repeat what Anton said bcoz he z white and Anton z black..and remember Suarez called Evra a word which z nt deemed racial in south america(negreto) meaning black...according 2 the FA the use of any racial word z out of line and Terry knows it thats y he retired his ass frm 3 lions.

      paul.gellard.12 - 2012-09-25 17:34

      Exactly. JT, as was proved in court, thought Anton Ferdinand had used a term to describe black people in the negative (for instance, rappers do this a lot). JT then repeated it, thinking that's what Ferdinand had said to him. He wasn't calling him anything - that's the whole point. As for Suarez, it's irrelevant whether the word is not racial in South America. The game was being played in the UK and the word has that meaning there. That's why he was punished to the extent he was.

      russel.lunt - 2012-09-25 19:35

      Simple matter of equal treatment for all. If Suarez was banned for 8 games for saying something that racially offended Evra, intentionally or otherwise, then Terry must be banned for 8 games if he said something that racially offended Ferdinand, whether he intended it or not. As the FA proved last year it's unimportant who said what and why if someone took racial offence. There really isn't anything more to it than that.

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