Chelsea captain John Terry: Guilty! 2

The worse kept secret in British football, was John Terry’s racial abuse of fellow professional Anton Ferdinand. We all knew he did it, all you have to do is rewind the tape, you don’t have to be a trained lip reader to spot John Terry doing what he does best, and I’m not talking about his ability to defend.
Chelsea captain John Terry: Guilty!

Chelsea captain John Terry: Guilty!

Guess what? This is not the first time he was accused of racially abusing someone, Ledley King in 2006 reported the same thing, in that case the Chelsea captain received a £10,000 fine, but the charge was watered down by the FA.
Just more signs that the Ex England captain had been guilty of more racial abuse was Park Ji-Sungs refusal to shake Terry’s hand during the clash a week ago. Park had been promoted to captain and in a strong display by the South Korean, he refused to shake Terrys hand demonstrating his support for his colleague, or was he suggesting that Terry had also abused him too. I think the latter!


So what was John Terry accused of?


At the Westminster Magistrates Court in July he was found not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a “F****** black C***”. However, Terry admitted using the words, but insisted he had only repeated words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying. Does that make any sense? No, I didn’t think so.


What are the consequences?

In a statement from the FA it says “An independent Regulatory Commission has today [Thursday 27 September 2012] found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220,000, pending appeal.

“The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 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] in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

The Independent Regulatory Commission will provide written reasons for its decision “in due course”

Terry’s representatives, Elite Management, said in a statement released on his behalf: “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.

My question is, does this punishment fit the crime. Is a four match ban and one weeks worth of wages enough of a deterrent?