Terry's role wasn't 'untenable'

2012-09-24 14:11

London - Football Association general secretary Alex Horne insists John Terry did not need to retire from England duty ahead of the disciplinary hearing into allegations that he racially abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Terry shocked English football on Sunday when he announced he was making himself unavailable for international selection after growing increasingly frustrated by the FA's decision to charge him, despite being cleared in a criminal case this year.

The Chelsea skipper, who had already been stripped of the England captaincy by the FA when the claims first emerged, believes the organisation's decision to pursue a case against him has made his position in the national team "untenable".

But Horne, speaking ahead of Terry's disciplinary hearing on Monday, made it clear he felt the FA had done nothing wrong.

"It's a personal decision. I don't see how we've made it untenable, they're two very separate processes," Horne told Sky Sports News on his way into FA headquarters at Wembley on Monday.

"It's something that happened in a match - it shouldn't be taking a year to resolve but we feel we're reaching a conclusion on that.

"That's a very different process from our England procedures, they sit in different compartments and I could separate the two in my mind, but it doesn't look like he could."

Terry could face a lengthy club ban if found guilty of using racist language during the Premier League match against QPR on October 23 last year.


  • godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-09-24 14:43

    The man has been cleared in a criminal case, why persist with this. looks like a witch-hunt. With an administration like this no wonder England cannot be the soccer powerhouse that it should be.

      Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-24 15:44

      You being arrogant and soooo insensitive he was caught on camera, he did use a racial slur!! Even thought it was in a moment of heated debate on the field!! There's no excuse!! His reputation is tainted for good!! Your argument is very shallow and narrow minded, quite typical of the past we come from!!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-09-24 21:47

      @sean he was cleared of a criminal case brought foward by a lip reader but the FA have their own sunctions that need to be followed. Mind you Terry retired on his own here because he feels the case is untenable because he knows deep down that he is wrong but was hoping it goes away. Antway he will have more time to sleep with his team mate's wives now.

      nkosinathi.khumalo.3956 - 2012-09-25 06:10

      Sorry,you meant \football\ not soccer. That's what the yanks call it.

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-24 15:38

    Well done to John Terry for stepping down from England duties!! Its the best thing to do and well done to England as well my favourite country, it shows they issues of racism VERY seriously!!!! and they will NOT tolerate such behaviour in their sporting codes!!!! Well done!!! If it was in this country called Cape Town, he would have been promoted!!! and the whole thing justified as a rumour!!!! Well done to the civilised land of the Brits!!!!

  • bongani.ndlovu.96 - 2012-09-24 21:18

    wise move Terry, for how long will u commit yo'self, while e FA z alwayz after u, im not suprised y they not win any trophy in big tournaments, hope coach Roy would leave after they sarbotage him lyk Capello, gud luck ma Captain.

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