FA mulling action against Terry

Jul 15, 2012, 09:27 IST | Agencies

The Football Association have been urged to charge John Terry despite the Chelsea captain being cleared in court of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand

The FA have said they will study the findings of the court case before deciding whether or not to bring any proceedings.

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks, now a BBC presenter, believes Terry should still face action from the FA despite his defence that he was only repeating what he believed Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

John Terry

Crooks said on www.guardian.co.uk: “I believe it was wrong of him to say these words under any circumstances — and though Terry has been found not to have committed a criminal offence, the FA must now decide whether the former England captain should be charged for contravening its own rules.

“If the FA don’t act on the undisputed facts, and find Terry guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, a lot of good people are saying to me that there’s no point in getting involved in the game at a senior level.”

Crooks also criticised the FA for not acting sooner. He added: “The real problem in the Terry case began once the FA failed to take immediate action. This lack of fibre by the governing body to act instantly when Terry gave them a statement after the verbal clash with Ferdinand, threw the entire procedure into chaos — forcing everyone associated with the game to either dive for cover or sit on the fence.” 

QPR’s Ferdinand silent on Terry’s acquittal
Anton Ferdinand declined to comment on Saturday on John Terry being cleared of racially abusing him, as the QPR defender arrived in Malaysia with his teammates for a pre-season tour.

Chelsea captain Terry was found not guilty on Friday at a court in London, in a high-profile trial that overshadowed the EPL and the national team for months. Met by a throng of reporters at the airport, Ferdinand said “no comment” when asked about the verdict.

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