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.