Has the FA backed itself into a corner?

The FA has rightly charged John Terry over the racist incident involving Anton Ferdinand, after the former England captain had been cleared following a similar action against him by the police.

It would appear that there was insufficient proof beyond reasonable doubt that Terry had made the racist comments even although some other players supported Ferdinand’s claim.

It seems that the law rightly demands absolute proof of guilt before handing out a punishment unlike the FA who punished Louis Suarez on the say so of his accuser, despite it being a case of one person’s word against another’s without the need for supporting witnesses.

The FA are well known for making a case for leniency when it comes to offences committed by England internationalists as it did recently for Wayne Rooney leading up to Euro 2012. Oddly enough both Rooney and Suarez’ accuser both play for Manchester United a club which seems to have a knack of ensuring that things go it’s way in the English game.

If the FA are serious about stamping out racism in football it will have to be seen to be even handed in dishing out it’s punishments which could present a problem in the Terry case.

The ever present urge to deal leniently with one of it’s top players will still be present, but if Terry’s penalty is less severe than in the Suarez case the Ferdinand family will be rightly very annoyed, and it should be remembered that Anton’s brother Rio, Mr. super tweeter himself, also plays for Manchester United.

So will the FA have the courage to give John Terry his rich deserts or try to reach a compromise to both preserve it’s record of pandering to England players and keep Manchester United happy at the same time.

Allan Alexander.

A Alexander

Football daft for as long as I can remember. Lifelong Liverpool fan and Socialist. Has actually stood on the Anfield pitch. Played the game, refereed it and reported on it. Best playing time was at under 18 level and enjoyed indoor 5 aside until injury forced me out at 52.

5 Comments

  • Posted by joe on August 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    What players supported Anton Ferdinands account…NONE! Thats how many… Being a long time Liverpool fan ( chip on your shoulder) and socialist ( probably closed a few factories through mindlessly stupid demands for the workforce) you have a dislike for JT but be a bit balanced in your views please …

  • Posted by Rio The Ferd on August 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    You obviously never read the judgment. NO that is NONE, zero zilch noone including Anton heard Terry say anything or even claimed to hear. Anton was told about it by his girlfriend when he got home.

    This is a garbage piece

  • Posted by Lorne on August 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    It will be a sad statement on society if we start punishing people in spite of guilt. This could lead to people accussong others of racism over hatred or competition to get them out of the game. Imagine if all I had to do was claim that you called me a racist term and yoir company suspended or fired you without the burfen of proof. Would that seem just? So even though the FA needs to rliminate racism in the game it is important that they make sure they do it in a fair and proper way and believe it or not public opinion or pressure should not influence their judgement.

  • Posted by A Alexander on August 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Poor old Joe. Obviously a John Terry devotee and biased Chelsea fan. I like Terry as a player but he does have a nasty side which comes to the fore now and again.
    As for Rio the ferd he must believe that Anton’s girlfriend has fantastic hearing to have heard something which was missed by everyone closer to the action on the pitch.

  • Posted by A Alexander on August 18, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Was really surprised today to learn that Mr super tweeter had actually been fined by the FA. Maybe it is going to do the right thing and give John Terry his just deserts.