Final warning: Chelsea to get rid of Terry if he's found guilty of racism again… but critics say ban too lenient
07:56 GMT, 19 October 2012
John Terry has been warned he will be booted out of Chelsea if found guilty of racial abuse again.
He was summoned to a board meeting and told in no uncertain terms that his future at the club is on the line.
The defender was fined 220,000 — two weeks’ wages — but retained the captaincy after announcing he will not be appealing against the FA’s four-match ban for using racist language in an incident with Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand last October.
Flashpoint: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clash at Loftus Road in October 2011
GAMES TERRY WILL MISS
Tottenham (Premier League A) – October 20
Man United (Premier League H) – October 28
Man United (Capital One Cup H) – October 31
Swansea (Premier League A) – November 3
First game back:
Liverpool (Premier League H) – November 11
Reading striker Jason Roberts
criticised the Terry punishment, urging fellow professionals to refuse
to wear T-shirts backing the Kick It Out Campaign before fixtures this
Roberts said: ‘The four-match ban,
for me, was not a heavy enough sanction for what happened. I’m not
happy. They should have given him a longer ban. I’m totally committed to
kicking racism out of football but when there’s a movement I feel
represents the issue in the way that speaks for me and my colleagues I
will support it.’
Terry is facing a 2million bill in legal costs covering his court trial and FA disciplinary hearing.
Making a stand: Reading striker Jason Roberts (right) is also a pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live
His Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole was
fined 90,000 by the FA after admitting a misconduct charge for calling
them a ‘bunch of t****’ in a tweet after the verdict against Terry.
Former England defender Terry will
start the suspension on Saturday, when Chelsea travel to London rivals
Tottenham, and will miss two games against Manchester United as well as a
clash with Swansea.
Terry will avoid the potential
controversy of wearing a Kick It Out T-shirt in the warm-up before the
Barclays Premier League home clash with United a week on Sunday.
Show of support: The West Ham squad back the Kick It Out campaign in training at Chadwell Heath on Thursday
Despite Terry’s apology, in
which he said he wanted ‘to apologise to everyone for the language I
used in the game against Queens Park Rangers’, he has been criticised by
the Kick It Out Campaign again.
Lord Ouseley said: ‘We are
disappointed that there hasn’t been an acknowledgement in it of the hurt
experienced by many people caught in the crossfire during the past 12
‘It does, however, form the basis of bringing closure to the matter sometime in the near future.’
In a statement released yesterday lunchtime, Terry said: ‘After careful
consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.
‘I want to take this opportunity to
apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens
Park Rangers last October.
Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension
‘Although I’m disappointed with the
FA judgement, I accept that the language I used, regardless of the
context, is not acceptable on the football field, or indeed in any walk
‘As I stated in the criminal case,
with the benefit of hindsight my language was clearly not an appropriate
reaction to the situation for someone in my position.
‘My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club and by me and it will not happen again.
‘Looking forward, I will continue to
do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory
behaviour from football.
‘I am extremely grateful for the consistent support of Chelsea FC, the fans and my family.’
Chelsea, who consistently promised to
clarify the club’s position the moment Terry made his decision not to
appeal, released a statement of their own within an hour.
The club said: ‘Chelsea Football Club
believes John Terry has made the correct decision by not appealing
against the FA judgment relating to language he used at the QPR match
‘Chelsea also appreciates, and
supports, John’s full apology for the language he used. The club firmly
believes such language is not acceptable and fell below the standards
expected of John as a Chelsea player.
Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)
‘The board has conducted its own investigation into the matter and considered the various issues involved.
‘The board has taken further
disciplinary action in addition to the four-match suspension and
220,000 fine imposed by the FA. In accordance with our long-standing
policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential.
‘Chelsea enjoys support all over the
world. We have players and supporters from many different countries and
cultures and our club is committed to eradicating all forms of
discriminatory behaviour. John is fully committed to continue supporting
Apology: Terry has said sorry for his racist language
Chelsea justified their decision to
retain Terry as captain by claiming that their disciplinary process
always takes places behind closed doors.
They argued that stripping him of the captaincy would have dragged the process into the public arena.
Now Terry is counting the cost of his
trial at Westminster Magistrates Court and the decision by the FA’s
Independent Regulatory Commission that he should pick up the costs for
Terry retained George
Carter-Stephenson QC on 10,000-a-day for his defence against the FA
charge and football’s governing body employed a silk on similar rates.
JOHN TERRY TIMELINE
2011: October 23 – Releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.
October 25 – Scotland Yard announce they are assessing allegations of racist abuse of Ferdinand by Terry after a complaint from the member of the public.
November 1 – The Metropolitan Police confirm they have launched a formal investigation.
November 5 – England manager Fabio Capello confirms Terry will be selected for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden.
November 28 – Terry is interviewed under caution.
December 1 – Scotland Yard announce they have passed a file towards to prosecutors.
December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.
2012: January 28 – The FA cancels the pre-match handshakes before the FA Cup fourth-round tie between QPR and Chelsea “to defuse further tensions” relating to the Terry-Ferdinand situation.
February 1 – District Judge Howard Riddle orders that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9 – following Euro 2012 – after hearing a number of other Chelsea players would not be able to appear as witnesses until the end of the football season.
February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.
February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.
July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand.
June 24 – Plays the full 90 minutes and extra time as England suffer more penalty heartache, losing their Euro 2012 quarter-final to Italy on penalties.
July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.
August 30 – Recalled to England squad, after missing friendly against Sweden, for September's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
September 9 – Withdraws from England squad for Ukraine game after picking up ankle injury in 5-0 win in Moldova.
September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.
September 27 – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.
October 5 – FA reveal written reasons behind independent commission's ruling, insisting Terry's racist language towards Ferdinand was used as an insult and finding “no credible basis” for his defence that he was only repeating words he believed the QPR defender said to him.
October 18 – Terry decides not to appeal against the four-match ban and fine. Terry also apologises for the language he used in the match against QPR.