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Millwall to investigate allegations of racism after TV cameras pick up abusive fans

Millwall to investigate allegations of racism after TV cameras pick up abusive fans

Olympics, has faced racial abuse on social media websites.

He said: 'We're a developed, multi-cultural society. It's surprising it can still go on – but it doesn't exactly shock me.

'We can't be silent about it. We need to make people aware that there is a problem going on and only when people are aware of the problem can it be sorted out.

'As long as people are brave enough I'd say to come out and say exactly what's happened to them then I think we'll be going in the right direction because the first thing that needs to happen is that we can't be silent about it.'

The 21-year-old admitted abuse can inspire him, adding: 'Sometimes it gives me that bit more fire to prove people wrong and that I can rise above it.'

Fabio Capello booked to address the Cambridge Union

Capello is returning to England… but only to address the Cambridge Union

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

13:08 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:19 GMT, 12 January 2013

Ex-England manager Fabio Capello is probably more used to team talks than public speaking, but he will be making his best attempt when he addresses the Cambridge Union at the end of February.

The Italian is booked to appear at the historical debating society, which has hosted sporting names such as Lord Coe is the past.

Capello will be in good company, with the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Ian McKellen and Clint Eastwood all having made appearances.

Fabio Capello will address the Union at the end of February

Returning: The ex-England manager will address the Union at the end of February

The manager walked away from the England job after John Terry was
stripped of his captaincy by the FA in February last year, and since
then has been working with the Russian national team.

They are currently fighting for qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

England rugby international James Haskell is also set to address the students of Cambridge this month.

Anders Lindegaard says football needs a "gay hero"

Football needs a gay hero, insists Lindegaard in battle with homophobia

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14:50 GMT, 27 November 2012

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has criticised football fans for being 'stuck in a time of intolerance' and spoken about the need for a 'gay hero' in the game.

Lindegaard, a Danish international who has played seven games for United this season, wrote in his blog: 'As a footballer I think first and foremost that a homosexual colleague is afraid of the reception he could get from the fans.

'My impression is that the players would not have a problem accepting a homosexual.

Speaking out: Anders Lindegaard says fans are 'stuck in a time of intolerance'

Speaking out: Anders Lindegaard says fans are 'stuck in a time of intolerance'

'Homosexuality in football is a taboo subject. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough. The mechanisms are primitive, and it is often expressed through a classic stereotype that a real man should be brave, strong and aggressive. And it is not the image that a football fan associates with a gay person.

'The problem for me is that a lot of football fans are stuck in a time of intolerance that does not deserve to be compared with modern society's development in the last decades.

'While the rest of the world has been more liberal, civilised and less prejudiced, the world of football remains stuck in the past when it comes to tolerance.'

The United keeper reveals he discussed whether he should write and publish the blog with his girlfriend Misse Beqiri before deciding to do so.

'To turn a blind eye only indicates that one is not recognising that there is a problem. Of course there is a problem if young homosexuals, who love football, have to quit the sport because they feel excluded.

'That is in every way an unpleasant trend that does not belong in a modern and liberal society. Any discrimination towards people is and should be totally unacceptable, whether it is about skin colour, religion, sexuality etc.

Time for a change: Lindegaard reckons football needs a 'gay hero'

Time for a change: Lindegaard reckons football needs a 'gay hero'

'Homosexuals are in need of a hero. They are in need of someone who dares to stand up for their sexuality.'

Since Justin Fashanu in 1990, no top-flight footballer has come out in the 22 years since.

Anton Hysen, son of former Liverpool defender Glenn, who plays in Sweden's fourth division, came out last year.

India v England, second Test, Day Three: Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar put tourists on top

Classy KP and magic Monty punish India in Mumbai as England close in on victory in Second Test

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14:42 GMT, 25 November 2012

This was as good as it gets, an extraordinary day’s Test cricket which must rank among the finest England have ever had on the sub-continent.

It left them, barely believably, within touching distance of one of their greatest ever victories.

At the centre of it, almost inevitably, was the man who was not even in the squad originally chosen for this tour because he had been banished into international exile by the biggest crisis to hit the England team in years.

Graham Gooch once asked Ian Botham who wrote his scripts and England’s record Test runscorer must have been tempted to pose the same question to Kevin Pietersen after his breathtaking 186 in the most demanding of conditions.

Instead the man who is now England’s batting coach and not always the greatest ally of Pietersen settled for shaking his hand in the dressing room.

There was, in truth, no real need for words anyway. Pietersen’s record-equalling 22nd Test century, which followed hot on the heels of that of Alastair Cook, did everything needed to finally draw a line under the whole sorry text message saga that blighted England’s summer.

You have to tread carefully when using the word genius in relation to Pietersen because it was the ‘KP genius’ parody Twitter account that did so much to lead him to the astonishing conclusion that ‘it is not easy being me’ in the England dressing room.

High hopes: Monty Panesar was in the wickets again on day three

High hopes: Monty Panesar was in the wickets again on day three

But genius is the only word for what he did here.

Let’s put it into some sort of
context. Pietersen had been added to the tour party on a four-month
central-contract only after a ‘reintegration’ process that made him
sound like a criminal being eased back into civilised society.

Then he batted in such a distracted,
barely competent way against his old nemesis left-arm spin in the first
Test that it seemed he might not be worth a place anyway.

And then he goes and bats as well as
any Englishman could have possibly done in this vast, cricket-mad
country with his side seemingly heading for the eighth and most damaging
Test defeat of their annus horribilis.

It looked like Pietersen was going to
fall short of being regarded as a truly great batsman because of his
erratic form and behaviour since losing the England captaincy nearly
four years ago but that rarified status may yet be within his reach.

His average is now a tad under 50 and not too many boast that.

He has certainly made three great
Test centuries this year, in Colombo, at Headingley when he imploded and
now here at the vibrant hub of Indian cricket.

This, surely, was the best innings Pietersen has ever played.

Few expected England to come anywhere
near India’s 327 on an extreme example of the sort of alien, turning
Asian pitches that have proved their undoing both this winter and last
after they had lost what seemed like a decisive toss.

Yet they passed it for the loss of
only four wickets because of a stand of 206 between Pietersen and Cook
that could well be remembered as the partnership which reignited a
stuttering England team that had lost their way after rapidly rising to
the top of the Test world.

In normal circumstances Cook’s fourth
century in each of his first four Tests as captain, bringing him level
on the England record with Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoff
Boycott, would have demanded all the attention.

Ton-derful: Pietersen reached three figures on Sunday morning

Ton-derful: Pietersen reached three figures on Sunday morning

This morning it was merely the hors d’oeuvres for the sumptuous main course.

Pietersen looked in the mood when he
stroked his first ball for four on Saturday and now he took batting to a
higher level, nullifying any demons in the pitch and rendering India’s
spinners ordinary, even his first Test tormentor Pragyan Ojha.

He told his friend Shane Warne that
he had ‘unscrambled’ his brain and that he clearly had in a five-hour
long batting masterclass.

Pietersen’s century came with a
reverse-swept four devoid of any risk and his 150, which brought him
level with Hammond and Len Hutton in hitting 10 scores in excess of that
figure for England, was reached with an effortless straight six off the
now hapless Ojha.

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Captain marvel: Cook led from the front with his 22nd Test hundred

Only when Pietersen was out, Ojha
roaring his approval at finally getting his man, did the match revert to
type, England losing their last five wickets for 31 to give them a lead
of 87 when at one stage many more seemed probable.

The mini-collapse was not without
controversy either. Andy Flower, the England team director, approached
the umpires and match referee during lunch when it became clear that the
catch which dismissed Jonny Bairstow had struck Gautam Gambhir on his
helmet grille before he pouched the chance.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Tony Hill, who
seem to have lost much of their judgment with the absence of the
decision review system, left the matter in the hands of India who, in
contrast to their recall of Ian Bell in the Trent Bridge run-out
incident, decided not to withdraw their appeal. No matter. This was not
the day to worry about such trifles.

Spin kings: Swann (right) and Panesar (left)

Spin kings: Swann (right) and Panesar (left)

It looked as though England had let
India back into the Test by not cracking on to a lead in excess of a
hundred but what happened next was delicious in its irony.

MS Dhoni had
demanded a pitch at the Wankhede Stadium that turned from the first ball
but little did he realise that his ploy would play so spectacularly
into the large hands of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

Seven Indian wickets tumbled to spin
for 117, giving India a lead of just 31 overnight, with Panesar taking
five of them to become the first English spinner to take 10 wickets in a
Test in India since Hedley Verity in 1934.

Who would have thought that it was in fact India’s batsmen who cannot play left-arm spin in sub-continental conditions

More importantly, it meant that
England should have levelled the series tomorrow morning unless there
was one last twist to this compelling tale.

Test cricket Bloody hell….

Charles Sale: Novak Djokovic tees off after that defeat

Djokovic tees off after that defeat

PUBLISHED:

22:00 GMT, 8 July 2012

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 8 July 2012

Playing 18 holes of golf is not the usual reaction of a defending champion after losing his crown in a Wimbledon semi-final.

But Novak Djokovic did just that immediately after his defeat by tournament winner Roger Federer on Friday.

Tee time: Djokovic is off to play golf

Tee time: Djokovic is off to play golf

Djokovic contacted Surbiton Golf Club, where he had been playing earlier in the fortnight, asking if he could have a tee-time that evening.

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He and friends played a full round before finishing around 9pm, when they posed for photographs with staff and guests from a golf society having dinner in the clubhouse.

When asked if he wasn't fed up after his defeat, Djokovic replied: 'That's life.'

Certainly Andy Murray would not have had any energy to lift a golf club after his shattering four-set loss to Federer in Sunday's final.

Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda gave an insight into the Serb's surprisingly relaxed attitude during the tournament when he said: 'We're staying in a house nearby and any free time we have been rushing off to golf courses. We have been playing at Royal Wimbledon and Surbiton.'

Beckham Centre Court not centre stage

David Beckham may have been devastated at missing out on the Team GB Olympic football squad but at least it meant he could be in the Royal Box with wife Victoria for the Wimbledon men's final Sunday rather than at Loughborough University getting kitted out for the Games.

Surprisingly, football royalty Sir Alex Ferguson was at the final but not in the Royal Box.

He may have missed out on some interesting small talk between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Gloucester, who is understood not to be impressed that Queen's Club want Kate to replace her as patron.

Leaving Aunty: Lee Dixon

Leaving Aunty: Lee Dixon

Dixon to switch sides

BBC are set to lose a leading football pundit, Lee Dixon, to ITV.

Dixon is thought to have turned down the cuts-ravaged BBC's offer of a new deal because of an upcoming opening on ITV, who will lose Gareth Southgate when he is appointed FA technical director.

Another pull for Dixon is his friendship with ITV football presenter Adrian Chiles.

Minted Not Murray

Andy Murray's lack of interest in maximising his sponsorship earnings was evident when he turned up at Wimbledon for the biggest day of his career in an old VW Polo driven by his website manager, Rob Stewart.

Jaguar, who have given the player an 85,000 XKR to drive as part of a new deal, would have liked the exposure.

In contrast, Federer made sure he had put on his Rolex-sponsored watch for the trophy presentation and pictures but sports management giants IMG would be prepared to break the bank to lure Murray away from Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment.

More tensions at LTA

There are more internal tensions within the dysfunctional Lawn Tennis Association after head of commercial Lawrence Robertson, who played a big role in securing the 25million AEGON sponsorship, applied for the new commercial director position but was overlooked.

Robertson's position, after such in-house rejection, now looks vulnerable after Simon Long's appointment – especially with the rapidity the LTA shed staff.

Meanwhile, LTA's hapless communications department said Sky could interview doubles champion Jonny Marray only if at Clapham, where their participation programme allplay is being showcased, even though the player and the rest of the tennis world were at Wimbledon.

Fluid with the rules

Ladies champion Serena Williams again flaunted Wimbledon sponsorship rules by taking her Gatorade-branded water bottle into her victory Press conference despite two previous warnings.

The All England Club even provided her preferred drink in an unmarked bottle after the earlier transgressions.

Flaunting the rules: Serena Williams with her Gatorade

Flaunting the rules: Serena Williams with her Gatorade

Wimbledon, who cropped TV pictures to ensure the Gatorade logo was not shown, say they will be having talks with Serena before next year's championship – not that she'll take any notice.

BBC pundits John McEnroe and Lindsay Davenport upset some viewers by referring to Williams by her Christian name during the ladies final yet called her opponent Agnieszka Radwanska by her surname.

British lightweight champion Dave Charnley dies

Former Commonwealth lightweight champion Charnley dies after short illness

Dave Charnley, one of the best
British boxers never to win a world title, passed away on Saturday
morning after a short illness. He was 76.

The 'Dartford Destroye'r is widely
considered to have been robbed in his second challenge to world
lightweight champion Joe 'Old Bones' Brown in London in 1961.

Dartford Destroyer: Dave Charnley (right) in action against Johnny Miller at Dartford football ground in 1956

Dartford Destroyer: Dave Charnley (right) in action against Johnny Miller at Dartford football ground in 1956

Charnley lost a desperately close 15-round points decision that night, having been stopped by Brown with a cut eye two years earlier.

As British, European and Commonwealth champion, Charnley was famed for his courageous fighting spirit and unquenchable appetite for the game.

He began working life as a tool-maker but turned professional in 1985.

Friendly rivalry: Welterweight Brian Curvis (left) with Charnley before their title fight

Friendly rivalry: Welterweight Brian Curvis (left) with Charnley before their title fight

The return match in which he avenged defeat by the brilliant South African Willie Toweel won him the Commonwealth title. That 10th round KO also served notice of his punching power.

The final hall-mark of his bravery came when he moved up to light-welterweight for a fearless challenge to Emile Griffith, the ferocious world class champion who killed Benny Kid Paret in the ring.

Under fire: Charnley (right) and Johnny Miller in their bout at Dartford

Under fire: Charnley (right) and Johnny Miller in their bout at Dartford

Charnley was stopped in the 8th and promptly retired, in 1964, as reigning British lightweight champion.

Curiously, Charnley the tough guy first went into business as the owner of ladies hair-dressing saloons.

Box office Brit: Charnley beat Sammy McCarthy (left) at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Box office Brit: Charnley beat Sammy McCarthy (left) at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Later, when he expanded into property, he became a much-loved figure on the London society and club scene.

Celtic 2 Dunfermline 0: Charlie Mulgrew and Craig Forrest send Hoops 20 points clear

Celtic 2 Dunfermline 0: Mulgrew and Forrest send Hoops 20 points clear

They are now partying so hard, the Rolling Stones on tour are in danger of becoming candidates for the Temperance Society in comparison.

The first game at Celtic Park since the club were handed a 10-point gift courtesy of Rangers’ slide into administration was always going to be a high-octane affair.

They came to gloat at the misery of their most bitter rivals and, my goodness, how they rubbed it in.
There have been more sparkling displays from Neil Lennon’s side this season but, in truth, the narrow margin of defeat flattered Dunfermline.

Off the mark: Celtic run to praise Charlie Mulgrew after his opener

Off the mark: Celtic run to praise Charlie Mulgrew after his opener

MATCH FACTS

Celtic: Forster, Cha, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre (Forrest 67), Commons, Brown (Brozek 77), Ki, Ledley, Stokes (Samaras 67), Hooper. Subs not used: Zaluska, Matthews, Majstorovic, McGeough.

Scorers: Mulgrew 32, Forrest 75.

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Party time at Parkhead: Mulgrew puts Celtic in front with a sizzling drive

Having put five past Hibernian on
Saturday, home advantage against the league’s other prime relegation
candidates looked a sure thing on paper. This, therefore, was as much a
test of attitude and application as anything else.

Ki Sung Yueng tested Smith’s nerve after eight minutes with a low, raking drive which the Pars keeper solidly fielded.

A muddled short corner allowed the
Fifers to break and, when Joe Cardle left Emilio Izaguirre for dead,
suddenly the yellow-shirted visitors were two on one.

But with Liam Buchanan screaming for
the ball at the far post, Cardle delayed an instant too long allowing
Cha Du-Ri to knock the ball out for a corner with an excellent tackle.

Hooper passed up the best opening of
the early exchanges after being sent clear by Scott Brown. With the
stadium anticipating his trademark predator’s finish, Smith stuck out a
leg to deny the striker his moment.

With Buchanan Dunfermline’s only
striker, the onus was on Celtic to breach the compact yellow barrier
between them and the goal but it proved anything but easy.

Sealing the deal: The victory was only secured when Forrest doubled the lead 15 minutes from time

Sealing the deal: The victory was only secured when Forrest doubled the lead 15 minutes from time

Anthony Stokes forced Smith into a
good block high to his right after making the most of half a yard but
when Izaguirre returned the ball to Commons he failed to hit the target
from eight yards.

Alex Keddie’s positional sense denied
Ki from finding the top corner, then Smith was the equal of Hooper’s
header following Commons’ centre.

Just as Dunfermline’s confidence was beginning to soar, Celtic struck. Ironically, the move stemmed from an error by Cha.

Not for the first time, he failed to get his cross beyond the first man, forcing Ki to stretch and find Mulgrew.

The awkwardness of the midfielder’s
pass gave Mulgrew much work to do. It was a tell-tale sign of his
current mindset that once in control of the ball, planting it beyond
the keeper from 25 yards seemed entirely possible.

His left-footer curled and dipped and
flashed beyond Smith before he could even begin to get the measure of
it. A sixth goal of the season to cap just about a perfect four days.

Hooper showed greater appetite to
bounce Keddie off the ball and feed Commons with the proceeds, the
midfielder’s shot going straight down Smith’s throat.

Commons was, at times, operating a
shoot-on-sight policy and, in the dying minutes of the first period, he
forced the resilient Smith to fist away a fierce drive from 20 yards.

Dunfermline gave Celtic a timely
reminder that there was much football to be played yet when Keddie
warmed Fraser Forster’s hands with a free header from Cardle’s corner.

Spelling it out: Celtic fans make their feelings clear about Rangers going into administration

Spelling it out: Celtic fans make their feelings clear about Rangers going into administration

The Pars, who swapped Austin McCann
for Kevin Rutkiewicz at the break, were given their free pass by Celtic
five minutes into the second period.

Keddie flicked Hooper’s cross into
Stokes’ path yet, despite having the target at his mercy, he fired wide
from eight yards. It rather summed up his night.

Cha’s crossing improved and Joe Ledley almost capitalised on one centre, only for Smith to smother.
Hooper was next to find the Pars keeper back on form but then ballooned
horribly over the bar after Ledley’s effort had been parried.

The ‘missed chances’ count continued to rise but still the deficit remained one goal.

Only Izaguirre’s positioning on the
line prevented the Pars capitalising on Celtic’s profligacy, when he
blocked Ryan Thomson’s header from substitute Paul Willis’ corner.

Ki drifted away from three tackles to
tee up Scott Brown. Yet another reflex save from Smith denied the
skipper at the cost of a corner.

All anxiety in the home ranks was
removed with 15 minutes remaining when Hooper battled to win the ball in
the corner and cross. As the Pars back four left it for each other,
Forrest gambled by stretching and converting at the far post.

Commons, twice, and Hooper came close to adding to the margin of victory but it was a night on which goalkeeper Smith excelled.

It’s now 19 and counting…

Martin Samuel on John Terry captaincy issue

Spare us from Strictly Come Racism in this Terry conundrum

John Terry. Why doesn’t he just sod off It would be so much more convenient that way.

So much easier for everybody if he would just accept that the verdict of the kangaroo courts is in, without the tiresome necessity of due legal process in a proper one.

Judged unfit to captain England in the grand court of Twitter, messageboards and radio vox pops, why doesn’t Terry just slink away and accept that nobody has the patience for a fair trial these days

Flashpoint: John Terry is accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Flashpoint: John Terry is accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

We want to vote now. We want to press the red button to interact. We have decided the England captain is the weakest link. Goodbye.

What a nuisance he is, with his talk of innocence and his stubborn refusal to stand down. He should just resign, safe in the knowledge nobody would read this as an admission of guilt. This is a civilised society, after all. We don’t presume. We don’t pre-judge. And we don’t involve ourselves in idle gossip. Ask Gary Speed’s family.

No, nobody would read anything into the news that the England captain had quit his job pending a trial for a racially aggravated public order offence. They wouldn’t speculate that new evidence had emerged making his position untenable. No smoke without fire, they certainly wouldn’t say.

July 9. How hearts must have sunk at the FA when they were tossed that little hand grenade from Court One. The District Judge, the aptly named Howard Riddle, presented Terry’s masters with a conundrum of fiendish complexity by delaying his case until after the European Championship.

Defence: George Carter-Stephenson QC (second right) leaves court

Defence: George Carter-Stephenson QC (second right) leaves court

Interest: There was a big media presence at Westminster Magistrates Court

Interest: There was a big media presence at Westminster Magistrates Court

Terry could lift England’s first trophy since 1966 as the hero of a nation on July 1, and be branded a racist in Westminster Magistrates’ Court less than two weeks later; a horrible prospect.

The alternative, however, is to strip England’s captain of the greatest professional honour — for the second time in his career — on the back of something he might have done. Maybe. We’re looking into it.

We are told our multi-racial society will not accept such a prominent public figure being accused of racism; well then, our multi-racial society needs to grow up.

Accusations, we can handle. Accusations are dealt with fairly, then judgement is passed if guilty. To start passing sentence — and to lose the England captaincy is a sentence — on the basis of as yet unproven accusations is fundamentally unjust.

The FA have been dealt a devilish hand, but it is not their fault. They had almost completed their investigation into what passed between Terry and Anton Ferdinand when high-handedly ordered to wait for the police investigation.

In charge: Terry will keep hold of the England captaincy for Euro 2012

In charge: Terry will keep hold of the England captaincy for Euro 2012

This moved at glacial speed, so an incident that took place in autumn 2011 will now be resolved in summer 2012.

There is the possibility that the FA will convene their own hearing before then — the ICC did against Pakistan’s spot- fixing cricketers before their criminal trial — but what if it found Terry had no case to answer Instantly, the FA would be accused of expediency, of potentially sabotaging a police case for their own ends.

They could not win, unless they found Terry guilty and sated the baying mob.

Jason Roberts, who is busily playing up an average career in football — he is currently on loan at Reading from Blackburn Rovers — into a more rewarding one in the media, instantly announced via Twitter that Terry should not go to the European Championship at all, let alone as captain.

‘Believe me, the dressing room will be toxic,’ he said. Yet why should we believe him Why should we believe anybody, without evidence

Roberts knows no more about the politics of the England dressing room — he has won 22 caps, but for Grenada — than we do about the events at Loftus Road on October 23.

Allegation: Terry (right) and Ferdinand faced each other again in the FA Cup

Allegation: Terry (right) and Ferdinand faced each other again in the FA Cup

We need hard facts, not vague implorations. We are going to find out the truth of this matter, but sometime after July 9. Sorry if that is vexatious.

Sorry if that does not suit the need for a nightly eviction. Maybe there is something on another channel that you can watch.

We have heard this all before around Terry. The dressing room was going to be toxic after the Wayne Bridge controversy, and when he was reinstated to replace Rio Ferdinand.

Now it will be poisoned again. Yet when Fabio Capello asked if any players had problems with Terry’s return as captain, he was met with silence.

When Capello asked the new young players which of the senior professionals took time out to welcome them and stayed in touch after international duty, Terry scored highly again.

The only way Capello will remove Terry is if he thinks the storm around him will adversely affect the focus of the squad. His decision will be pragmatic, not moral, because to replace Terry on moral grounds alone is to treat an accusation as proof of guilt.

And it would be convenient if that were the case. Very convenient for those with a finger on the red button.

But this is a man’s reputation and career at stake. It is not Strictly Come Racism.

Martin Samuel: Spare us from Strictly Come Racism

Spare us from Strictly Come Racism

John Terry. Why doesn’t he just sod off It would be so much more convenient that way.

So much easier for everybody if he would just accept that the verdict of the kangaroo courts is in, without the tiresome necessity of due legal process in a proper one.

Judged unfit to captain England in the grand court of Twitter, messageboards and radio vox pops, why doesn’t Terry just slink away and accept that nobody has the patience for a fair trial these days

Flashpoint: John Terry is accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Flashpoint: John Terry is accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

We want to vote now. We want to press the red button to interact. We have decided the England captain is the weakest link. Goodbye.

What a nuisance he is, with his talk of innocence and his stubborn refusal to stand down. He should just resign, safe in the knowledge nobody would read this as an admission of guilt. This is a civilised society, after all. We don’t presume. We don’t pre-judge. And we don’t involve ourselves in idle gossip. Ask Gary Speed’s family.

No, nobody would read anything into the news that the England captain had quit his job pending a trial for a racially aggravated public order offence. They wouldn’t speculate that new evidence had emerged making his position untenable. No smoke without fire, they certainly wouldn’t say.

July 9. How hearts must have sunk at the FA when they were tossed that little hand grenade from Court One. The District Judge, the aptly named Howard Riddle, presented Terry’s masters with a conundrum of fiendish complexity by delaying his case until after the European Championship.

Defence: George Carter-Stephenson QC (second right) leaves court

Defence: George Carter-Stephenson QC (second right) leaves court

Interest: The was a big media presence at Westminster Magistrates CourtInterest: The was a big media presence at Westminster Magistrates Court

Interest: The was a big media presence at Westminster Magistrates Court

Terry could lift England’s first trophy since 1966 as the hero of a nation on July 1, and be branded a racist in Westminster Magistrates’ Court less than two weeks later; a horrible prospect.

The alternative, however, is to strip England’s captain of the greatest professional honour — for the second time in his career — on the back of something he might have done. Maybe. We’re looking into it.

We are told our multi-racial society will not accept such a prominent public figure being accused of racism; well then, our multi-racial society needs to grow up.

Accusations, we can handle. Accusations are dealt with fairly, then judgement is passed if guilty. To start passing sentence — and to lose the England captaincy is a sentence — on the basis of as yet unproven accusations is fundamentally unjust.

The FA have been dealt a devilish hand, but it is not their fault. They had almost completed their investigation into what passed between Terry and Anton Ferdinand when high-handedly ordered to wait for the police investigation.

In charge: Terry will keep hold of the England captaincy for Euro 2012

In charge: Terry will keep hold of the England captaincy for Euro 2012

This moved at glacial speed, so an incident that took place in autumn 2011 will now be resolved in summer 2012.

There is the possibility that the FA will convene their own hearing before then — the ICC did against Pakistan’s spot- fixing cricketers before their criminal trial — but what if it found Terry had no case to answer Instantly, the FA would be accused of expediency, of potentially sabotaging a police case for their own ends.

They could not win, unless they found Terry guilty and sated the baying mob.

Jason Roberts, who is busily playing up an average career in football — he is currently on loan at Reading from Blackburn Rovers — into a more rewarding one in the media, instantly announced via Twitter that Terry should not go to the European Championship at all, let alone as captain.

‘Believe me, the dressing room will be toxic,’ he said. Yet why should we believe him Why should we believe anybody, without evidence

Roberts knows no more about the politics of the England dressing room — he has won 22 caps, but for Grenada — than we do about the events at Loftus Road on October 23.

Allegation: Terry (right) and Ferdinand faced each other again in the FA Cup

Allegation: Terry (right) and Ferdinand faced each other again in the FA Cup

We need hard facts, not vague implorations. We are going to find out the truth of this matter, but sometime after July 9. Sorry if that is vexatious.

Sorry if that does not suit the need for a nightly eviction. Maybe there is something on another channel that you can watch.

We have heard this all before around Terry. The dressing room was going to be toxic after the Wayne Bridge controversy, and when he was reinstated to replace Rio Ferdinand.

Now it will be poisoned again. Yet when Fabio Capello asked if any players had problems with Terry’s return as captain, he was met with silence.

When Capello asked the new young players which of the senior professionals took time out to welcome them and stayed in touch after international duty, Terry scored highly again.

The only way Capello will remove Terry is if he thinks the storm around him will adversely affect the focus of the squad. His decision will be pragmatic, not moral, because to replace Terry on moral grounds alone is to treat an accusation as proof of guilt.

And it would be convenient if that were the case. Very convenient for those with a finger on the red button.

But this is a man’s reputation and career at stake. It is not Strictly Come Racism.

Luis Suarez racism ban: Gordon Taylor claims striker should have been told what is acceptable in Britain

Banned Suarez should have been told by Liverpool what is acceptable in Britain, claims Taylor

Luis Suarez, who has been banned for EIGHT matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra, should have been told what is right and wrong when he arrived in England.

That is the view of players chief Gordon Taylor, who welcomed the suspension as a strong statement that racism will not be tolerated in this country.

Suarez was handed his huge suspension and 40,000 fine on Tuesday night after the ruling by an FA independent regulatory commission.

Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew

Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew

The Liverpool striker is expected to appeal the punishment, with his defence claiming that due to cultural differences he was unaware that language acceptable in his country was viewed as racist in Europe.

Sportsmail understandsSuarez told the commission, which also included former Sunderland manager Denis Smith and Sheffield and Hallamshire FA chairman Brian Jones, that he addressed Evra using the word ‘negrito’.

Warning: PFA chief executive Gordan Taylor

Warning: PFA chief executive Gordan Taylor

Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, insists clubs must tell their players what is acceptable.

He said: ‘This is a situation involving two of our biggest clubs and a very sensitive time and it reiterates the message we want to get out.

‘We are a multicultural society and acosmopolitan league and players must have equal respect for people regardless of their nationality or skin colour.

‘You can understand Liverpool being upset as they are a top quality club with a top quality manager but perhaps it is a timely reminder that players new to this country need tobe advised about what is unacceptable.’

Taylor added that Suarez’s hefty punishment was an key message especially after the outcry at FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s remarks – later retracted – that racism on the pitch should be settled by a handshake.

Flashpoint: Suarez was charged with abusing Evra at Anfield

Flashpoint: Suarez was charged with abusing Evra at Anfield

He said: ‘This was an independent commission experienced in law and football and they must have had compelling evidence, and it sends out a very strong message to the rest of the world.

‘I understand the point about cultural differences but if you come to this country all players have toabide by not just the laws of the game but the laws of the land as well.

WHAT LIVERPOOL SAID

Liverpool Football Club is very surprised and disappointed with the decision.We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone.
LFCconsiders racism in any form to be unacceptable — without compromise. It is our strong held belief that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act.It seems incredible to us that a player of mixed heritage should be accused and found guiltyin the way he has based on the evidence presented.It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him.

‘Referring to someone’s skin colour has got to be offensive – it’s self-evident. No one can say the FA have ducked this issue and bearing in mind outcry in this country over Sepp Blatter’s remarks it sends out an important message.

‘This is a timely reminder that the FA, the PFA and the clubs to continue education programmes particularly for players coming from abroad that it is never right to make reference to a person’s skin colour or nationality.’

Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield

Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield

THE MEN WHO HAD TO DECIDE

PAUL GOULDING QC (chairman): Works at the same Blackstone chambers as the barrister who was successful in representing the FA in Wayne Rooney”s Euro appeal. Qualified FA coach who appeared for Jean Tigana in his successful 2million-plus claim following his sacking as Fulham boss.

BRIAN JONES: Chairman of Sheffield and Hallamshire FA, who wrote to county members six months ago stressing need to fight discrimination.

DENIS SMITH: Ex-Stoke defender who managed York, Sunderland and Oxford United. Now mentor at Stoke academy.

Liverpool have suggested there was a witch-hunt against Suarez and insist they believe their player is innocent.

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of KickIt Out, also backed the FA’s punishment but also urged the game’s authorities to maintain a tough stance on racism.

Asked if this was the landmark case Kick it Out needed, Ouseley told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘It’s not that Kick it Out needed it, it’s football needs it.

Ban: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez faces an eight-match suspension

Ban: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez faces an eight-match suspension

WHAT THE FA SAID
Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match.The insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour. Mr Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of 40,000.The penalty is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suarez against this decision.

‘It is quite important that the football authorities take the decisive action where the evidence is there, where they carried out thorough investigations, to impose sanctions that would hopefully prevent other players from not maintaining the standards of conduct that are expected in any professional arena.

‘And professional football is such that if players who are very expensively paid to perform their functions, providing entertainment, also have a code of conduct that if breached it’s professional misconduct and therefore it requires the sanctions that are to be imposed.

‘It remains to be seen whether the FA will maintain its’ tough stance and its’ consistency that is needed to see this through.’

WHAT HAPPENED AT ANFIELD ON OCTOBER 15

Manchester United faced Liverpool in a Premier League match. In the 57th minute Suarez fouled Evra and tempers flared at the next corner. They squared up to each other and Evra asked why Suarez kicked him. Suarez said he should forget about it, these things happen. Evra claims Suarez then became racially abusive, using the word “negro”. Suarez denies using the word in that clash. Evra is clearly wound up, but nearby players do not seem particularly bothered.

A few minutes later Marriner calls the pair together. Suarez apologises and tries to pat Evra on the head. It is alleged Evra said: “Don”t touch me, you South American,” to which Suarez replies: “Porque, negro”

Evra catches Kuyt two minutes later and is booked. He allegedly shouts at Marriner: “You”re only booking me because I”m black.”

Suarez is bemused, saying: “I called him something his team-mates call him and even they were surprised by his reaction.”