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Kimi Raikkonen on Red Bull radar with Mark Webber"s future in balance after Sebastian Vettel row

Raikkonen on Red Bull radar as Webber's future hangs in balance after Vettel row

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

15:11 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:14 GMT, 2 April 2013

Kimi Raikkonen is on Red Bull's shortlist to replace Mark Webber should the veteran Australian decide to retire at the end of the current Formula One campaign.

Webber could not hide his fury at losing out on victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix after team-mate Sebastian Vettel chose to ignore team orders to hold station in second place.

Vettel subsequently escaped sanction for his insubordination, a situation which appears to have backed up Webber's post-race claim that the triple world champion enjoys 'protection' at Red Bull.

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

In demand: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could race at Red Bull next season if Mark Webber leaves

And should Webber decide he has had enough of playing second fiddle, then Red Bull's billionaire owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, admitted Raikkonen would be a strong candidate to partner Vettel next season

'Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate,' said Mateschitz of the 2007 world champion who drives for Lotus and enjoys a close relationship with Vettel.

Civil war: Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel is in tatters following the fall-out from Sepang

Civil war: Mark Webber's relationship with Sebastian Vettel is in tatters following the fall-out from Sepang

The same certainly cannot be said for Webber, but discussing the 36-year-old's future, Mateschitz appeared to suggest he would have the final say on whether he continued to drive for Red Bull.

'Whether he retires, only he will choose,' Mateschitz told Speed Week. 'Mark is definitely a candidate for 2014.'

Neil Lennon unhappy that Rangers are to keep league titles

Lennon unhappy that Rangers are to keep league titles despite being found guilty of undisclosed payments

By
Ronnie Esplin

PUBLISHED:

15:54 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 1 March 2013

Neil Lennon struggled to hide his unhappiness at the punishment imposed yesterday on oldco Rangers by an independent commission who found the Ibrox club guilty of undisclosed payments to players.

The three-man Scottish Premier League-appointed body – chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith – handed out a fine of 250,000 for not disclosing side-letter arrangements during 2000-2011.

However, the Ibrox club avoided the most severe possible sanction of losing up to five SPL titles won during the period investigated after the commission ruled Rangers 'did not gain any unfair competitive advantage'.

Unhappy: Celtic manager Neil Lennon feels Rangers haven't been punished harshly enough

Unhappy: Celtic manager Neil Lennon feels Rangers haven't been punished harshly enough

Ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against St Mirren in Paisley tomorrow, the Celtic boss appeared angry when asked about the verdict.

'I only saw some snippets in the paper today, I believe they were found guilty of paying 47million over 11 years in non-disclosed payments.

'Am I surprised at that, no

Rare boost: Ally McCoist has had little reason to celebrate since succeeding Walter Smith as Rangers boss

Rare boost: Ally McCoist has had little reason to celebrate since succeeding Walter Smith as Rangers boss

'As regards the competitive advantage they gained or didn’t gain, a lot of other people will have a say on that, I have my own views on that but I will keep that to myself for now.

'I don’t want to take anything away from what my team and club are doing.

'The way we behave, the way we do our business has been impeccable and that’s the reason why we are in the position we are in now.'

When asked about the belief from
Ibrox that the club were vindicated by the decision, the former Hoops
skipper said: 'Maybe that’s because they got their own way.

'It
wasn’t our fight, it was the SPL, they brought up the tribunal against
Rangers, it doesn’t affect us, we have the quarter-final to prepare for
and we are playing Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions league.'

Focused: Lennon must prepare his side to travel to Juventus in the Champions League

Focused: Lennon must prepare his side to travel to Juventus in the Champions League

Celtic said in a statement they
are 'surprised' by the Scottish Premier League-appointed commission's
conclusion.

The statement continued: 'Throughout
this matter, Celtic has refrained from comment on the affairs of Rangers
FC while the various tribunals and commissions went about their work.

'We will continue to concentrate on
our own affairs, and assure our supporters that at all times we will
operate within both the rules of our governing bodies and the law of the
land.

'Our Club is in a great place at the
moment and we are enjoying a fantastic season, maintaining our position
at the top of Scottish football and enjoying huge success and profile
across European football.

'We ask our fans to unite with us
once again as we look ahead to the rest of the season, to the Scottish
Cup on Saturday, to the UEFA Champions League next week and to an
exciting future with a young squad of high quality players and a
talented manager in Neil Lennon.

'Our fans have been magnificent this
season, home and away, and as we head towards the end of the season,
now, more than ever, we need our fans to be with us and to back the team
and the club. We sincerely thank our fans for their continued support.'

Gary Cahill facing further FIFA action after red card

FIFA make Cahill sweat over further sanction following red card against Corinthians

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 17 December 2012

Gary Cahill will learn by the end of this week whether he is to face any further punishment for his sending off during Chelsea's defeat to Corinthians in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Cahill was incensed by the antics of Emerson after claiming the off-the-ball kick he aimed at the Corinthian's forward 'probably wouldn't knock over my one-year-old daughter'.

Red alert: Cahill was handed his marching orders against Corinthians

Red alert: Cahill was handed his marching orders against Corinthians

Even so, Cahill conceded his lack of
control warranted the red card which will see him suspended for the
Capital One Cup quarter-final away to Leeds on Wednesday.

Push over: Cahill was incensed by the Corinthians player's reaction

Push over: Cahill was incensed by the Corinthians player's reaction

Chelsea have no right of appeal against that sanction and, although no further punishment is expected, have until Wednesday to explain their version of events to FIFA in an effort to ensure they do not lose their centre-back for any further matches over the Christmas period.

Cahill claimed after the 1-0 defeat: 'I have tackled the guy, we sort of tangled legs and as we tangled he lashed out with his arm and hit me in the face.

'So I have reacted which wasn’t the
greatest of reactions from me but it is two different players – he hits
me in the face and I don't roll around for five minutes holding my face
like he has broken my nose and dislocated my jaw.

'I touch him on the shin and it
probably wouldn’t knock over my one-year-old daughter, yet he was
rolling around five or six times.

'It probably is a red card but the reaction of the guy is totally out of order for what I did if you see the impact.'

PFA back FA proposal for five-match bans for racism

PFA to back FA proposal for five-match bans to be imposed for racist abuse

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 12 December 2012

The Professional Footballers’ Association will back the FA’s new proposal of a minimum five-match ban for racist abuse.

Chelsea skipper John Terry was given only a four-match ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand while Liverpool’s Luis Suarez received an eight-match suspension for his abuse of Patrice Evra.

The range of punishment in such cases have seen the FA heavily criticised, and a set punishment is one way to ensure everyone is subject to the same minimum disciplinary action.

Four-game ban: Terry (right) was charged by the FA in October

Four-game ban: Terry (right) was charged by the FA in October

The sanction is one of a number of proposals being discussed by the game’s ruling bodies, but has yet to be agreed.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: 'It has not gone through yet but we are not opposed to it. We want there to be some consistency and to illustrate the seriousness of our approach to this issue.'

The PFA also want all players and managers coming to England from overseas to have 'cultural lessons' to make them aware of rules on discrimination under proposals to tackle racism. Until now only apprentices have been given such courses.

Meanwhile, FA independent director Heather Rabbatts insists the game must to respond to damning criticism of the handling of the Terry and Suarez cases.

Eight-game ban: Suarez (centre) was dealt with more harshly than Terry

Eight-game ban: Suarez (centre) was dealt with more harshly than Terry

Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley has claimed there is 'very little morality' at the top clubs and a lack of leadership and 'a moral vacuum' in the game.

Rabbatts, appointed as an independent board member earlier this year and a potential candidate to be the next FA chairman, said Ouseley had raised important issues.

She said: 'The issues that Herman Ouseley is raising are hugely important issues for the whole game and it has to respond to these challenges.

'There are a number of members from different parts of the game being consulted and we all have to rise to the current challenge.

'Despite the huge progress that has been made in tackling discrimination there is a need for renewed energy.'

Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti in referee academy plea

Mourinho and Ancelotti lead calls for referees' training centre to iron out controversies

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 20 November 2012

Coaches across Europe have urged football’s authorities to create a state-of-the-art training centre for match officials to try to rid the game of refereeing controversies.

With the fall-out continuing from Mark Clattenburg’s handling of Manchester United’s win at Chelsea and contentious decisions being challenged on a frequent basis, some of the continent’s top managers have called for action to improve standards.

Led by the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, they have made it clear a professional Academy should be set up to train referees to a higher level and ensure mistakes are kept to a minimum.

Hopeful: Jose Mourinho wants a refereeing academy to be set up to rule out controversy

Hopeful: Jose Mourinho wants a refereeing academy to be set up to rule out controversy

The message to the game's heirarchy was delivered in an inaugural annual European managers’ and coaches’ survey, devised by the League Managers’ Association and their partners Castrol.

In it, most respondents backed the idea of committing funds to a new professional training centre for referees, in the belief it would improve the overall standard of the game across Europe.

There were also calls from 85 per cent of participants for further clarification of the laws governing handball, while 65 per cent felt the triple sanction of a penalty, sending off and suspension for players denying an obvious scoring opportunity in the area was excessive.

Additionally, 69 per cent opposed the current dates for transfer windows, 72 per cent backed a reduction in international friendlies and 62 per cent were in favour of goalline technology.

Reflecting on the findings, Howard Wilkinson, chairman of the LMA, said: 'I am delighted that the LMA has produced this groundbreaking survey of European managers’ and coaches’ views on issues crucial to the game.

Joining in: Another former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti agrees

Joining in: Another former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti agrees

'Consultation is the mother of progress and change, and these views objectively represented, will be the basis for better co-operation between governance and practitioner.'

Former Chelsea boss Ancelotti said: 'It is fantastic that the LMA are canvassing the views of managers and coaches across Europe for the good of the game.

'Football is a truly international game and issues do not stop at country borders.

'It is vital that there is open dialogue in the game for it to progress and I along with the managers and coaches across Europe are always open to the opportunity to come together to discuss and debate matters like leadership, management and the many technical issues in the game.'

Rumbling on: Mark Clattenburg has had time off following a controversial match between Manchester United and Chelsea

Rumbling on: Mark Clattenburg has had time off following a controversial match between Manchester United and Chelsea

Another ex-Chelsea manager, Mourinho, added: 'It is vital for the future of football that the combined views and opinions of managers are collected and listened to.

'This LMA survey is so important because it deals with the issues that affect managers each and every day, from rules and regulations, to technology, transfers and finances.

'It brings together managers and coaches across Europe, demonstrating the subjects we feel strongly about and provides real insights from managers based on our combined experience.

'The results of the survey should be used to benefit and help shape the overall development and progress of football.’

Castrol is the official performance partner of the LMA

Rob Simmons banned for eight weeks

Australia's Simmons to miss England clash after being slapped with eight-week ban for 'tip' tackle on France's Nyanga

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 15 November 2012

Australia lock Rob Simmons has been banned for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle during Saturday's 33-6 loss to France.

The Wallabies forward was hit with the hefty ban by the International Rugby Board judiciary in London on Wednesday.

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson was also suspended for a week for stamping on the head of Alasdair Strokosch during the All Blacks' 51-22 win over Scotland.

Out: Rob Simmons was banned for an incident in Australia's clash with France

Out: Rob Simmons was banned for an incident in Australia's clash with France

Both players can appeal their suspensions.

A substitute against France, Simmons was reported for a 'tip' tackle on Yannick Nyanga.

The board decided Simmons' offence was on the high end of the scale and have banned him until February 24.

The ban takes into account a period of close-season inactivity after Australia's European Tour and will run for eight 'active' weeks.

That means Simmons will miss this weekend's clash with England, the match with Italy on November 24 and the following week's clash against Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

A statement on the matter read: 'From the high end entry point of 12 weeks, the judicial officer added two weeks of aggravation to reflect the need for a deterrent for this type of dangerous tackle, but allowed the maximum six weeks of mitigation, including the player's exemplary previous disciplinary record and his conduct at the hearing.

You too: Adam Thomson (centre) was also suspended after stamping on Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch's head

You too: Adam Thomson (centre) was also suspended after stamping on Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch's head

'A sanction of eight weeks was duly imposed, with Rob Simmons suspended until midnight on 24 February 2013.

'The specific period of suspension recognises the close-season inactivity after the current tour when the player is not scheduled to play. The player has the right of appeal.'

In more bad news for Australia, centre Pat McCabe has been ruled out of the England fixture with a neck injury.

His loss follows that of Kane Douglas, who is out with a knee injury, and David Pocock who is sidelined with a calf strain.

John Terry will not be given a break despite ban – Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo confirms there will be no break for Terry despite Premier League ban

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 21 October 2012

Roberto Di Matteo insists he has no plans to give John Terry a complete break from football while he serves his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Terry watched Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2 from the stands on Saturday as he began the suspension that was imposed by the Football Association for his comments towards Ferdinand last October.

The 31-year-old has retained the Chelsea captaincy despite the FA's sanction, and he looks set to lead the Blues out in their Champions League group clash in Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

No rest: John Terry will still feature in Chelsea's non-Premier League games

No rest: John Terry will still feature in Chelsea's non-Premier League games

Terry could be forgiven for wanting to take a break after such a tumultuous year, but when asked whether he had ever considered such an option, Di Matteo's response was blunt, and to the point.

'No,' said the Italian, who now hopes the club can move on from the matter.

'It has been a delicate issue and we are going to continue working with the authorities to eradicate discrimination.

'The board has made the final decision (to keep Terry as captain) and we can focus just on our football while keeping in mind that we have responsibilities to keep working towards a more respectful world.'

One player who Di Matteo did give a recent break to is Juan Mata.

The decision has proven to be a wise one, with the Spaniard taking his goal tally to six in five after bagging a quick-fire brace to swing the game in Chelsea's favour yesterday afternoon.

Di Matteo gave Mata two weeks off after his exertions with Spain at the European Championship and Olympics and the Italian is delighted that the move has paid off.

'He played in the Euros and the Olympic Games, so it was of vital importance that we gave him a break, mentally and physically,' Di Matteo said.

Decisions: Di Matteo will not give Terry a break

Decisions: Di Matteo will not give Terry a break

'It was a good decision from the way he is playing. This last international break, when he wasn't selected, has given him another little breather.'

To those who have watched Mata tear up the Barclays Premier League in recent weeks, his latest opportunity to rest must have come as something of a shock.

It is hardly a secret that Spain are blessed with a wealth of talent in midfield, but Mata can count himself mightily unlucky not to have received a call-up to La Roja's most recent World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

Mata himself appears unconcerned about the snub and insists his mind is totally dedicated to the task in hand at Chelsea.

'I don't know (whether anyone was watching from Spain). I just try to improve with every Chelsea game I play,' Mata said.

'I just wanted to do my best for my team and in this moment I am feeling really well.

'I had another chance for a goal but Fernando (Torres) was in a better position than me to score.

Magic Mata: The little Juan has been in astounding form

Magic Mata: The little Juan has been in astounding form

'But the most important thing for me was victory. Before the game we wanted to stay top of the league and we are still there.'

Gary Cahill put the Blues ahead with a powerful volley before William Gallas and Jermain Defoe turned the game on its head just after the break.

The match slipped away from the grasp of former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas half-way through the second period, however, when Mata latched on to Gallas' poor clearance before making it 2-2 and then slipping past the Frenchman to rifle home Chelsea's third.

It was Mata's partnership with Oscar and Hazard again which caused the most destruction and Di Matteo has been extremely happy with how quickly the latter pair have settled in to English football following their respective arrivals from Lille and Internacional.

'We have been lucky with the way the players we signed have settled in to the club quickly and into the Premier League,' Di Matteo said.

'That's thanks to the players who were already here, particularly Oscar, as the Spanish and Portuguese players have helped him integrate quicker.'

Di Matteo was quick to play down talk of winning the Barclays Premier League despite yet another impressive win, adding: 'There has been a 10-12 points advantage that have been given up by teams (before).

'Our December schedule is crazy, so we have to wait to see where we stand then.'

John Terry is STILL Chelsea captain but Roberto Di Matteo refuses to confirm

Terry is STILL Chelsea captain… but boss Di Matteo in bizarre refusal to confirm that shamed star will retain the armband

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 19 October 2012

John Terry WILL retain the Chelsea captaincy despite manager Roberto Di Matteo's bizarre refusal to confirm that his defender will keep the armband.

Terry was banned for four matches and fined 220,000 after an independent Football Association regulatory commission found him guilty of racially abusing the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry accepted the sanctions on Thursday and issued an apology for the language he used, while Chelsea said they had also taken internal disciplinary action against the player, but insisted the nature of the punishment would remain confidential.

However, Sportsmail understands that stripping Terry of the captaincy has proved a sanction too far for the Chelsea board. It was therefore even more perplexing that Di Matteo refused to be drawn on the matter.

Secretive: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo speaks to the press on Friday

Secretive: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo speaks to the press on Friday

Di Matteo said that Terry knows whether he remains Chelsea captain – but the manager refused to make that decision public.

'We do not discuss publicly the
disciplinary matters we take against our players. They remain
confidential. You will have to wait and see,' Di Matteo said.

'They are internal matters, the action we take against our players, and we are not going to discuss it.'

Wearing the armband: John Terry is Chelsea's long-term captain and figurehead

Wearing the armband: John Terry is Chelsea's long-term captain and figurehead

Asked whether it was suitable for Terry to remain captain, Di Matteo said: 'Over the many years he has been here he has shown a lot of qualities.

'He has realised that on that day he fell below his standards and the clubs standards. For that he has received a ban and a fine and more action from the club.

'He is being punished for what he has said. We have all made mistakes in our life before.'

Di Matteo welcomed Terry's decision not to appeal the four-match ban.
Terry also apologised for the language he used towards Ferdinand, although he did not specifically direct his apology to the player.

Sorry: Terry has apologised for the words he used towards Ferdinand (left)

Sorry: Terry has apologised for the words he used towards Ferdinand (left)

'We appreciate he has not appealed
the ban and the fine and that he has apologised publicly for the
language that he used,' Di Matteo said.

'He has apologised generally to everyone, including the Ferdinand family.

'It wasn't a matter of not apologising directly. It was a matter of apologising to everyone for the language used in that game.

'He knows it was not appropriate and he has been banned and fined for that.'

John Terry racism affair has harmed England"s reputation – David Bernstein

Terry racism row has damaged England's reputation… and the FA must do more, admits Bernstein

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 19 October 2012

The reputation of English football has been harmed by the John Terry affair, admits FA chairman David Bernstein, who has vowed to clamp down on racism incidents in future.

Bernstein hopes a line can finally be drawn under the Terry racism case after the Chelsea captain's decision not to appeal against his punishment.

Terry was suspended for four games and fined 220,000 by an independent FA regulatory commission after he was found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a game last season.

The row that divided football: John Terry (left) and Anton Ferdinand (right)

The row that divided football: John Terry (left) and Anton Ferdinand (right)

The time taken for the FA to handle the case has been criticised, although their investigation was held up by the need to defer to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service’s criminal proceedings.

The governing body’s verdict was finally announced two weeks ago and Terry accepted the sanction ahead of Thursday's deadline.

And a statement from Bernstein on the FA’s website read: 'The decision by John Terry not to appeal his FA charge hopefully brings to a close a difficult period for the domestic game in England in which, unfortunately, the reputation of English football has been damaged.

'John Terry has now been sanctioned and held accountable for his actions. I am pleased he has apologised and we must now draw a line under this matter.

'We too will learn from the case. We have noted criticisms made by the Independent Regulatory Commission as to how matters could and should be improved.

'I will ensure any lessons that arise from the ruling will be learnt quickly and appropriately.

'It is a shame that one high-profile incident has had such a major impact.
The damage of this affair is not irreparable, but as events this week have shown there are still many lessons to be learnt in the wider fight against racial abuse and discrimination of all types.'

England’s Under 21 team, and in particular full-back Danny Rose, suffered abuse in Serbia on Tuesday while Lazio were fined 32,500 by UEFA for monkey chants by their fans during a Europa League tie against Tottenham.

Bernstein continued: 'No player should suffer the intolerable abuse the likes of which Danny Rose was subjected to in Serbia.'

Shame in Serbia: Danny Rose (left) suffered racial abuse on Tuesday night

Shame in Serbia: Danny Rose (left) suffered racial abuse on Tuesday night

There has also been criticism from black players of the Kick It Out campaign, with Reading’s Jason Roberts leading players stating they will not wear organisation’s T-shirts during their current 'Weeks of Action' as it has not been hardline in its response to the Terry and Luis Suarez abuse incidents.

Suarez was hit with an eight-match ban last season for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, with Bernstein noting: 'Many have highlighted the difference between this sanction (for Terry) and the eight matches imposed on Luis Suarez.

'In the case of Suarez, however, the commission found that repetition of the insulting language used was a further aggravating factor.'

He also defended Kick It Out, saying: 'This coming fortnight's “Kick It Out” campaign is a valuable reminder of the strength of the game when addressing these issues together, and it is this positivity that our game must harness.

'I hope this time next year when we are marking 20 years of the “Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football” message we will be reflecting once again on the positive power of football to publicly oppose all forms of discrimination and ensure our sport is inclusive to all.'

Jason Roberts to boycott Kick It Out t-shirt

Roberts to boycott Kick It Out t-shirt at Anfield over lack of action against racism

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UPDATED:

14:57 GMT, 18 October 2012

Reading striker Jason Roberts has said he will not wear a Kick It Out shirt at Anfield on Saturday in protest at what he says is the organisation's lack of action against racism in football in the last year.

Kick It Out are planning a week of action in response to several high-profile recent incidents of racism in football, most notably John Terry's abuse of Anton Ferdinand, Luis Suarez's comments to Patrice Evra and the abuse suffered by England Under 21s defender Danny Rose in Serbia on Tuesday.

Roberts, who is also a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live, is set to be part of the Royals' squad that takes on Liverpool in a Barclays Premier League fixture. Suarez, who was given an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Manchester United's defender Evra, is expected to line up for the hosts.

Show of support: The West Ham squad back the Kick It Out campaign in training at Chadwell Heath on Thursday

Show of support: The West Ham squad back the Kick It Out campaign in training at Chadwell Heath on Thursday

Referring to the incidents involving Terry and Suarez, Roberts told BBC Sport: 'I won't wear one. I find it hard to wear a t-shirt after what happened last year.'

Roberts added: '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, then I will happily support it.

'I think people feel let down by what used to be called “Let's Kick Racism Out of Football”.'

Roberts also said that Terry's apology has come 'a year too late' and the FA punishment was too lenient.

'The four-match ban was, for me, not a heavy enough sanction for what happened,' said Roberts.

'I'm not happy. Certainly they should have given him a longer ban. The sanction is nowhere near harsh enough.'

Roberts has been calling for football's authorities to take stronger action over racist incidents, and has also urged players to take matters into their own hands should they be subjected to abuse.

Following the shameful scenes in
Serbia on Tuesday night, in which Rose was sent off after reacting to
racial abuse, Roberts aired his thoughts on Twitter. He said: 'DRose,
well done! I propose next time everyone walks STRAIGHT OFF THE PITCH!!!
Then we will see how quickly “authorities” take to sort it…'

On Thursday Terry finally said sorry for
racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and has accepted the four game ban and
220,000 fine from the FA.

Making a stand: Reading striker Jason Roberts (right) is also a pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live

Making a stand: Reading striker Jason Roberts (right) is also a pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live

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At last: John Terry (left) has said sorry for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (right)

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out, said that stance could damage Chelsea in the eyes of those people who had been waiting many months to see how the club handled the case.

Ouseley said: 'I believe Chelsea need to be open about the action they have taken. A lot of people will be dissatisfied that Chelsea have not been much more up front about the standards they set and the values they have.

History: Luis Suarez is set to line up against Roberts for Liverpool on Saturday

History: Luis Suarez is set to line up against Roberts for Liverpool on Saturday

'If they are not prepared to say, it will further damage the trust of those people who still have suspicions about Chelsea's sincerity in dealing with this matter.

'I do welcome what they have said, but they need to be saying more and doing more if they are going to win back the confidence of people who have lost trust in them rather than to sit back and be silent.'