Doreen Lawrence, who is the mother of murdered black teenager, Stephen, has slammed Chelsea defender John Terry for his racist behaviour following his acquittal from a British court in the Anton Ferdinand race row.
Stephen was only 18 when he was stabbed to death in Eltham, southeast London, in 1993. Racist Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of Stephen’s murder and jailed this January.
“Regardless of the outcome of that judgment, I feel that his behaviour is something that should not be seen as anything more than a racist thing and that should have been addressed straight away and not left hanging for months,” The Daily Star quoted Doreen, as saying.
“Young people still see him and hold him as one of their heroes and that’s not right,” she added.
Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Ferdinand, during a match in October.
The former Three Lions captain was acquitted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London after insisting he only used the offending words because he thought he heard Ferdinand wrongly accusing him of using the racial taunt.
The Football Association bosses are now considering whether Terry should be charged for his part in the foul-mouthed row.