FA find Terry guilty of racial abuse27/09/2012 - 15:02:26
John Terry has been found guilty by the FA of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
He has been given a four-match ban and fined £220k.
The verdict comes on the fourth day of his appearance before an FA independent regulatory commission at Wembley Stadium.
The 31-year-old denied a charge that he used a racist slur towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand in October last year.
Terry has 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision in which to lodge an appeal. No ban will come into operation until the appeals procedure is complete.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra a year ago, but was found to have done so on a number of occasions during the match.
Terry is accused of a single utterance towards Ferdinand.
In Suarez’s case, the FA argued for an increased sanction pointing out that “Mr Suarez is an international footballer of exceptional ability, playing for one of the best-known clubs in the world. His position carries with it a particular degree of responsibility. His conduct amounts to a serious breach of that responsibility.”
That criteria applies to Terry – in fact given that he was England captain at the time of the incident, even more so.
Terry was found not guilty in Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a racially-motivated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” as an insult.
Terry admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.
Terry’s legal team had argued the governing body’s own rules dictated his acquittal in court means the case cannot proceed but the FA believed their charge was distinct from the court charge.
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