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Raul Meireles has 11-game spitting ban reduced to four matches

Meireles has 11-match ban for spitting reduced to four games after lodging successful appeal

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 27 December 2012

Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles has had his 11-match ban reduced to four matches on appeal.

The former Chelsea player was hit with the suspension after being accused of spitting at the referee following his red card in the Istanbul derby with Galatasaray.

But the Turkish Football Federation's disciplinary committee ruled the Portugal international did not deliberately spit at Halis Ozkahya.

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Feisty: Raul Meireles remonstrates with the referee and was banned for spitting

Feisty: Raul Meireles remonstrates with the referee and was banned for spitting

It said it was 'physically impossible' for him to have spat as he berated the referee for his sending-off as he was speaking throughout the incident.

The 29-year-old will still have to serve a four-game ban because of his verbal attack on the referee.

Meireles confronted Ozkahya after he was given a second yellow card in the second half of the 2-1 defeat. It was claimed then that he spat at the official while also making a homophobic gesture.

Cleared: Meireles will still have to serve a four-match ban for his verbal attack on the referee

Cleared: Meireles will still have to serve a four-match ban for his verbal attack on the referee

Speaking after the match, the 29-year-old vehemently denied the claims.
He said: 'I'm really annoyed at being accused of spitting at the referee. I have an eight year old kid, can you imagine if kids at school start saying your father spat at a ref, this could ruin my reputation in the eyes of my child.

'I have many gay friends who I deeply respects. The hand gesture I made is directed at the referee caving in to the pressure of the home fans.

'That hand gesture was to tell him he was scared. Look at my hairstyle, what I wear, I'm not a prejudice person, my hand gesture was in no way, shape or form a homophobic one'

Meireles, who joined Fener from Chelsea in the summer, had vehemently denied the accusations and vowed to prove his innocence.

VIDEO: Watch the incident during the Istanbul derby

Spineless Mike Dean has let everyone down by letting Ferguson get away with it again

Spineless Dean has let everyone down by letting Ferguson get away with it again

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01:36 GMT, 28 December 2012

I was at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, supporting Manchester United, and I was appalled by Ferguson’s finger-jabbing tirade towards the match officials and particularly towards assistant referee Jake Collin at the beginning of the second half.

Regardless of whether Dean was correct in awarding Newcastle their
second goal in their 4-3 defeat by United, what followed from Ferguson
at the beginning of the second half was unacceptable.

Cleared: Sir Alex Ferguson will face no action after complaining to referee Mike Dean on Saturday

Cleared: Sir Alex Ferguson will face no action after remonstrating to referee Mike Dean on Saturday

But by electing to omit the details of Ferguson’s ‘discussion’ with the officials, Dean not only let himself down but also his colleagues and most importantly, the army of referees — some of whom are as young as 14, the age at which I began refereeing — at grassroots level.

Week after week, we are subjected to foul verbal abuse in the Saturday and Sunday leagues, the type of which just doesn’t take place in any other aspect of society.

Where else is a 15-year-old boy called a ‘f****** blind ****’

At 16, I began refereeing adult games where every decision is questioned, where every free kick awarded brings a foul-mouthed riposte and when 6ft-tall, 15-stone men are gagging for a fight. I did one game in a rough part of Manchester last year and sent a player off for two straightforward yellow cards and he had to be restrained from attacking me by his team-mates.

Heart-racing: United struck late to go seven points clear at the top of the league

Barrage: Ferguson complained to assistant referee Jake Collin after Jonny Evans' own goal was awarded

This was a rare exception but it highlights that it has become the ‘done thing’ in football to intimidate the referee. And the most frustrating part is that the Premier League referees could bring an end to it by following the laws of the game and dealing with abuse with red cards.

It would bring an instant flurry of dismissals but players and managers would soon learn that such behaviour would no longer be tolerated. More than that, the example being set would soon filter down to grassroots — finally, we would have the precedent we need to get tough on the abuse.

I am fed up of seeing referees in the Premier League being so utterly spineless. Why is it that they continue to allow players to question every decision, swear at them, and crowd around them in an aggressive manner Top-level referees aren’t helping themselves and their cowardice is damaging our cause at grassroots level.

Jonathan Trott helps England build lead over India as they close in on series win

Determined Trott stays calm under pressure as England move closer to memorable series win

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14:03 GMT, 16 December 2012

Jonathan Trott stood defiantly up against the Indian attack, a pitch unfit for purpose and a barrage of verbal abuse to take England to within one good session of one of their best and most historic triumphs in modern memory.

What had been a cagey, turgid and mostly downright dull final Test burst into life with the series on a knife-edge in the final session of the fourth day when Trott put behind him a year full of frustrations to deliver just when it mattered most.

When Kevin Pietersen inexplicably shouldered arms to a straight ball from Ravindra Jadeja – just as Trott had done in the first innings – England, who had battled heroically for the best part of four days, looked to be letting their first series win in India for almost 28 years slip out of their grasp.

Building his runs: Jonathan Trott scored a half century as England look to build a lead

Building his runs: Jonathan Trott scored a half century as England look to build a lead

They were just 98 ahead with three wickets down and the man who could have attacked them to safety gone yet again to left-arm spin. But Ian Bell joined Trott and what followed was the most fluent, potentially decisive, batting of a Test England need only draw today to take the series.

Not to mention the most controversial. For when Trott walked a few paces outside his crease and smacked a ball that had dribbled out of Jadeja’s hand and bounced several times before trickling to a halt on the leg-side of the pitch for four he ignited another argument between these teams over the spirit of cricket.

Trott was perfectly within his rights to do what he did but, even though both Jadeja and MS Dhoni reacted with wry smiles, Ravichandran Ashwin later said that this was the spark for the tense and unpleasant scenes that were to follow.

Remember, it was Dhoni who called Bell back at Trent Bridge last year when he had been run out walking out of his crease at tea. And remember it was Trott who, in Ahmedabad, pleaded ignorance when he had clearly grassed a catch. India feel that their gesture in Trent Bridge has hardly been reciprocated since.

Trott will not care. His totally legal shot – which went down as four off a no-ball – showed the competitive desire of the man and he carried on displaying it when India were convinced, wrongly, they had him caught behind on 43.

This has again been a chastening match for the umpires and those of us who against all hope tried to cling on to a game not dominated by technology. Sorry, this series has proved the Decision Review System doubters like myself totally wrong. It has been punctuated by one awful umpiring error after another.

The latest howlers came from the man this year voted the best official on the ICC elite panel, Kumar Dharmasena. Firstly he gave out Alastair Cook, wrongly, for the second time in the Test and then said no when Trott should have been given lbw on just seven to Jadeja. How important that reprieve now looks.

Frustration: Ishant Sharma thought he had taken Jonathan Trott's wicket

Frustration: Ishant Sharma thought he had taken Jonathan Trott's wicket

Add Sunday’s other wrong decision of Rod Tucker who gave Nick Compton lbw to one he inside edged onto pad – the ball then ballooned to gully so Compton should have been given out anyway, only in a different way – and this series has seen a catalogue of errors from these umpires and the ones who officiated in the first two Tests, Aleem Dar and Tony Hill.

But Dharmasena’s decision to reprieve Trott when he attempted to cut Ishant Sharma was not among them. This was the right call but that did not stop the Indian players losing their cool completely, with their agitator in chief Virat Kohli involving himself in an incident that had nothing to do with him.

There at the end: Ian Bell supported Trott at the end

There at the end: Ian Bell supported Trott at the end

They were picking on the wrong man in Trott. He is one who thrives on such things rather than being cowed by them. He appeared to blow a little kiss at Sharma – that didn’t exactly calm India down – and went on his merry way to an unbeaten 66 by the close with England on 161 for three, a priceless lead of 165.

There was one other flashpoint when Ashwin threatened to run Trott out backing up – he later said in essence that he would not have stooped to Trott’s level – but the combative Trott and his team lived to fight one last day in this absorbing and unpredictable series.

As long as England do not blow it with a cluster of quick wickets today they will surely achieve the draw they need. It would be a series triumph richly deserved. Even yesterday India, until they were stirred into a late reaction, were strangely passive, poor in the field and lacking any sort of dynamism.

Their fortunes were summed up by a quite bizarre first hour yesterday when they batted on but showed no ambition to try to win the match, scoring just 29 runs in 13 soporific overs before declaring with one wicket left four runs behind England’s 330. All they achieved was take time out of the match and made Cook’s task a little easier. It was not very Duncan Fletcher-like cricket at all.

A Test that has never progressed beyond first gear, at least until Trott and Bell took the run-rate up close to a giddy three an over, has done little to further the cause of the ultimate game in its most passionate country. Shame on the groundsman who produced this lifeless excuse of a pitch, whether by accident or design.

But the sheer importance of this Test and what is at stake has made it compelling viewing for the purists. And England just need one last, final push now for the most extraordinary of series wins.

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Graham Poll: Emmanuel Adebayor had to go, but so too did Luis Suarez

Adebayor had to go, but 'Jekyll and Hyde' Suarez should also have seen red

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 19 November 2012

Three – that’s the magic number!

This weekend’s refereeing in the Premier League was about three red cards and three penalties.

It began with the clear cut dismissal of Emmanuel Adebayor in the north London derby.

It was interesting to see how refereeing technique has changed with the possibility of verbal communication with assistant referees.

Off you go: Emmanuel Adebayor was red-carded against Arsenal after opening the scoring

Off you go: Emmanuel Adebayor was red-carded against Arsenal after opening the scoring

Five years ago a tackle like Adebayor’s would have illicited a quick red card as we were expected to make an instant decision in such cases to avoid retaliation, particularly in a derby atmosphere.

On Saturday we saw Howard Webb take his time and consider the challenge as well as consult with the assistant with the best view.

Up at Anfield Luis Suarez again showed his ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ nature with a superb display of finishing and then a studs showing stamp down on Wigan’s David Jones.

It was a clear red card challenge which went unpunished and as it was in clear view of the match officials it will not be reviewed.

I would rather have all such incidents and decisions reviewed after the game, to get them right in a consistent manner.

You too: Brede Hangeland saw red for a lunge against Sunderland

You too: Brede Hangeland saw red for a lunge against Sunderland

HANGELAND'S SET TO END

Brede Hangeland has not missed a league match for Fulham since April 2011 and if he appeals his red card he might extend that run.

The dismissal looked fair at full speed as he appeared to dive in studs first but when slowed down the decision looks harsh.

Hangeland is in control of his left leg and drops it down before he reaches Lee Cattermole.

His right leg stays low and in fact makes contact with his own leg.

Suarez is a wonderfully gifted player
who needs to learn not to make such challenges and a three match
retrospective ban would be a good start.

It would be interesting to see what such a panel would make of the red card for Fulham’s Brede Hangeland.

His
30th-minute dismissal looked fair at full speed as he appeared to dive
in studs first but when slowed down the decision looks harsh.

The Norwegian centre half was in control of his left leg and drops it down before he reaches Lee Cattermole and his right leg stays low and in fact makes contact with his own leg.

Of course the referee, Lee Probert did not have sight of replays; if he had I think he would have been content with a yellow card.

However, if Fulham appeal I would think that Probert will stand by his decision as it is not ‘an obvious error’ but for consistency I would think that missing Hangeland for final hour of the match would be sufficient punishment rather than missing another three games.

So, the three serious foul play tackles saw one correctly dismissed, one missed and one harshly dealt with and the penalties reviewed were not dissimilar.

Off the hook: Luis Suarez scored two against Wigan, but might have been sent off for a challenge

Off the hook: Luis Suarez scored two against Wigan, but might have been sent off for a challenge

Michael Oliver missed a penalty for Chelsea for a clear illegal charge which will do nothing to dispel Chelsea fan’s belief that referees will give them nothing following the Mark Clattenburg incident – which must surely be brought to a conclusion in the next day or two.

At Reading, Everton manager, David Moyes was at his diplomatic best after Martin Atkinson waved away another clear penalty after a hand ball blocked Nikica Jelavic’ goal bound shot.

Finally, a contender for the strangest penalty of the season as assistant referee Adrian Holmes indicated a handball from a corner and left referee Jon Moss with no alternative but to award Manchester City a spot kick to settle the Champions nerves at the Etihad.

To be fair to Holmes, Villa defender Andreas Weimann did lift his arm towards the ball but pulled it away well before any contact.

Good week for………

Anthony Taylor, who I highlighted in my Friday preview.

Any referee who can oversee a defeat for Manchester United and not incur the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson is clearly having a very good season. Interesting that the Manchester based referee is happy to referee both teams from his home City.

Fine form: Anthony Taylor controlled the match between Manchester United and Norwich brilliantly

Fine form: Anthony Taylor controlled the match between Manchester United and Norwich brilliantly

Bad week for ………

Mark Clattenburg who is still waiting to see if he will be charged following Chelsea FC’s complaints over his comments three weeks ago.

He is now watching World Cup 2014 rival Howard Webb re-establish his world class teamwork with assistants Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey, brilliant at the Emirates on Saturday, whilst not able to repair his damaged reputation.

Millwall ban 13-year-old for abusing Marvin Sordell

Millwall vow to educate 13-year-old fan after banning him for abusing Bolton's Sordell

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UPDATED:

14:16 GMT, 7 November 2012

Millwall have banned a 13-year-old fan for 'the foreseeable future' after he admitted verbally abusing Bolton's Marvin Sordell during an npower Championship match last month.

The incident occurred during Millwall's 2-1 win over Wanderers at the New Den on October 6 and led to an investigation involving both clubs and the Football Association.

Millwall confirmed the teenager had admitted abusing Sordell and has subsequently issued a written apology to the player.

Vile: Bolton's Marvin Sordell suffered verbal abuse at Millwall from a 13-year-old

Vile: Bolton's Marvin Sordell suffered verbal abuse at Millwall from a 13-year-old

Fallout: Sordell was then the target of a sick image posted on Facebook

Fallout: Sordell was then the target of a sick image posted on Facebook

Sordell, who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, took to Twitter after the match to claim himself and team-mates Lee Chung-young, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subjected to racist taunts.

The club, though, have denied he was subjected to 'systematic abuse by more than one individual' while Sordell was warming up as a substitute.

The club, though, have denied he was subjected to 'systematic abuse by more than one individual' while Sordell was warming up as a substitute.immediately after the match, accusing fans of racial abuse.

Given the boy's age, Millwall have not imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a 'Millwall for All' educational program 'in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general'.

A statement on the Lions' website said: 'Firstly we would like to put on record how grateful we are for the support and co-operation we have received from Bolton Wanderers and the FA in resolving what has been a challenging and topical issue over the past four weeks.

'Having completed our investigations into the incident, we have identified and interviewed a 13-year-old boy who admitted a verbal exchange with Marvin Sordell in which abuse was used.

'The individual has been banned from Millwall matches for the foreseeable future, but as a club we also felt, given the boy's age and background, we had a duty to play our part in attempting to educate and rehabilitate him.

Accordingly, we have offered to put him through one of our education programmes, run by Millwall for All (formerly the Millwall Anti-Racism Trust) in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general.

'In the meantime, the boy has written a letter to Marvin Sordell offering his apology, which has been accepted.'

Standing up to racism: Sordell was also part of the squad abused in Serbia

Standing up to racism: Sordell was also part of the squad abused in Serbia

The FA added: 'The FA applauds both Millwall FC and Bolton Wanderers FC for their commitment and cooperation in ensuring a full and thorough investigation could take place.

'We would also like to thank Marvin Sordell and The PFA for their assistance throughout this process.

'The FA fully supports Millwall’s approach in terms of dealing with the young individual responsible through a ban from the club's matches for the foreseeable future as well as offering him a place on one of its education programmes, run by Millwall for All.

While Bolton themselves spoke out, adding: 'Marvin Sordell would like to thank the FA, the PFA and Kick it Out for their support, and Millwall for the way in which they dealt with this.

'Bolton Wanderers will continue to work with, and support, the FA, Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card in their on-going work against all forms of discrimination in football.'

Stamford Bridge was "hotbed of racism" in the 80s – Ken Bates

Stamford Bridge was 'hotbed of racism' in the 80s… but not now, says Bates

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20:48 GMT, 30 October 2012

Ken Bates has saluted the strides made towards multi-cultural harmony in football and described how Stamford Bridge was once a 'hotbed of racism'.

Writing in Leeds United’s match programme, ahead of their Capital One Cup tie with Southampton, the former Chelsea chairman welcomed the way racism has come under the spotlight and insisted the problem bears no relation to 30 years ago, when it was the scourge of football.

Revealing how the National Front used to set up camp at Stamford Bridge on matchdays, the Leeds chairman wrote: ‘The ongoing debate about racism is good, because the issue is being raised and discussed, but I think it is fair to look back and see how much progress has been made during, in historical terms, a relatively short time.

Controversial: Ken Bates was chairman and owner of Chelsea from 1982 until 2003

Controversial: Ken Bates was chairman and owner of Chelsea from 1982 till 2003

Moved on: Bates now owns Leeds United

Moved on: Bates now owns Leeds United

‘In the 1980s, Stamford Bridge was a hotbed of racism. The National Front sold their magazines in the Fulham Road and used to wait in the pub opposite to learn the team selection. If they (the Chelsea players) were all-white, the National Fronters used to walk across and buy their tickets.

‘Our technical director Gwyn Williams introduced the first black kid, one Paul Canoville, a pacey young winger. His first experience was when Chelsea played at Selhurst Park. As a sub, he was warming up and had bananas thrown at him.

‘The following week, he made his debut at Stamford Bridge and got a lot of abuse. At the end of the game, I went on the pitch and walked off with my arm round his shoulder.

‘It is a lot different today, though it has been a long tortuous journey. Slowly, things started to change. Thirty years on, it is a different world. Today the furore is of a black verbal abuse – not to be condoned or tolerated in the least – but meanwhile let us appreciate the progress that has been made.’

Respect the rules, says Roberto Di Matteo to Chelsea players

Respect the rules! Di Matteo issues warning to Chelsea players

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22:00 GMT, 7 October 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has issued a warning to his Chelsea players, reminding them of the standards he expects and the value of the club’s public image.

‘I come from Switzerland, I like rules,’ said manager Di Matteo. ‘They are there to be respected. I wouldn’t say I’m a disciplinarian but you need rules to be able to live and work together.

‘The image of the club is very important to us. We have rules and if anybody breaks them there is disciplinary action taken against them.

Laying down the law: Di Matteo has stern words for the Chelsea players

Laying down the law: Di Matteo has stern words for the Chelsea players

‘We have standards. We strive to have high standards. Hopefully going forward we can be better in showing those.’

Di Matteo will fine Ashley Cole for abusing the FA via Twitter and John Terry could face internal disciplinary action when the legal process dealing with his verbal attack on Anton Ferdinand finally ends.

Terry has until October 18 to decide whether to accept the FA’s four-match ban for aiming a racial insult at Anton Ferdinand. Chelsea insist this decision is down to the captain.

The club will stand by secretary David Barnard, who they feel has been unfairly smeared by the 63-page report published by the independent commission, which cast doubt on evidence he provided to the Terry hearing.

The Chelsea board remain quiet but they are acutely aware of the club’s image. Chairman Bruce Buck made a point of listening to Di Matteo’s post-match press conference on Saturday.

It is a different kind of image problem but Di Matteo also fears Eden Hazard is not winning penalties because of a reputation acquired soon after his summer arrival from Lille for falling over easily in the penalty area.

Highs and lows: Chelsea's success on the pitch is not being mirrored off it

Highs and lows: Chelsea's success on the pitch is not being mirrored off it

Highs and lows: Chelsea's success on the pitch is not being mirrored off it

Hazard had a strong penalty claim overlooked against Norwich, as he did last month at QPR. ‘The first three penalties he got in the first few games were clear-cut penalties,’ said Di Matteo.

‘But there were a few others where he didn’t get them so I wouldn’t want the officials to have a prejudice against him. If it’s a foul, it’s a foul. Sometimes they get them right, sometimes wrong.

‘I wouldn’t accuse my players of going down too easily. It’s a different culture. In England you need to try everything to stay on your feet.’

Twitter ye not: Cole has landed himself in hot water

Twitter ye not: Cole has landed himself in hot water

Nathan Cleverly won"t leave Frank Warren

World champion Cleverly won't join Warren exodus despite frustrating year

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10:22 GMT, 21 September 2012

Nathan Cleverly has declared his loyalty to Frank Warren and trusts his promoter will deliver him a ‘mega fight’ in 2013.

European super-middleweight champion James DeGale this week joined Hennessy Sports after leaving Warren’s stable, while Commonwealth light-heavyweight king Tony Bellew split acrimoniously from the veteran promoter in May.

However, Cleverly, who hold the WBO portion of the world light-heavyweight title, insists he will not be following them, despite a frustrating year in which his hopes for a unification fight have not materialised.

Staying put: Nathan Cleverly (centre) remains loyal to Frank Warren (right)

Staying put: Nathan Cleverly (centre) remains loyal to Frank Warren (right)

‘It has been annoying not getting the big names,’ said Cleverly, who defends his title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov on October 27 in Cardiff.

He told Sportsmail: ‘Frank has worked really hard for me, trying to make fights with Beibut Shumenov and Bernard Hopkins. With Shumenov, he didn’t want to come to the UK but couldn’t get a TV deal in the States and with Hopkins we actually had a verbal agreement, despite what he says about not being interested in a fight.

‘A lot has been going on, but it has fallen through for no fault of our own. That is frustrating and I can sense the fans getting inpatient for me to fight a big name, and I want to fight the big names, but I feel this year has been the calm before the storm in some ways because when that big, mega fight comes in 2013 there will be a succession of them. It is a case of getting through these early days as a world champion before the superfights.

Reigning champion: Cleverly defends his world title in Wales on October 27

Reigning champion: Cleverly defends his world title in Wales on October 27

‘Frank and I have spoken about it and he feels next year will be a big year for me.’

Cleverly added: ‘There has never been any doubt about me staying with Frank. He’s the best in the business. I have been very loyal to Frank since I turned professional and I have been under his promotional banner for years.

‘He has been good, given me tough fights, built me up. I owe him a lot. He took me to a world title very quickly. For me, he’s been great. I have stayed loyal to him since day one and he has stayed loyal to me. It is a good working relationship.

‘I think some fighters can get ahead of themselves and think they are superstars before they actually are.’

John Terry NOT GUILTY: Footbal on trial claims Gordon Taylor

Football is on trial claims players' chief after Chelsea's Terry is cleared of racism charge

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22:33 GMT, 13 July 2012

Football will pay a heavy price in the fallout from the John Terry trial after the Chelsea defender was found not guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand on Friday.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor admitted ‘the searchlight’ is on football after the court case brutally exposed the vicious verbal exchanges which take place on the pitch.

Taylor called for black players to come forward if they feel a complaint of racism needs to be made in the future, adding: ‘I hope black players do not feel restrained in light of the verdict. Everyone must be vigilant. The players are role models whether they like it or not and they must behave accordingly.’

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

The FA, who have been monitoring the criminal trial, will examine their own case this week with a view to charging the pair with misconduct after their infamous exchange.

Terry was stripped of the England captaincy after he was charged with calling Ferdinand a ‘f****** black c***’ in the 83rd minute of Chelsea’s defeat at Loftus Road last October.

Taylor added: ‘It has been an unedifying week for football and there is no doubt that the searchlight is on our national sport. We must reinforce the Respect campaign because the image of the game has been tarnished this week.’

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Garth Crooks claimed Terry will now be under examination from the Football Association, despite his criminal acquittal.

Crooks said: ‘He’s still under investigation by the FA based on what he’s admitted — saying those words. I’m afraid for John Terry this is only half-time. This is not over.’

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Read the full ruling…

Click HERE for the 15-page document

Incredibly, the FA will determine whether Terry, who has twice been deposed as skipper of the national team, can now be considered for the captaincy once again.

The FA will meet next week and instruct a QC to examine the judgement of chief magistrate Howard Riddle before deciding whether to charge Terry and Ferdinand.

Terry walked away from court after Riddle’s exhaustive judgement declared: ‘Weighing all the evidence together . . . I accept it is possible that Mr Terry believed at the time, and believes now, that such an accusation (of racism) was made.

‘The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand is not so strong. Mr (Ashley) Cole gives corroborating (although far from compelling corroborating) evidence on this point.

‘In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty.’

At the request of the Crown Prosection Service, the FA waited until the court came to a conclusion before continuing with their own enquiries.

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Ferdinand and Terry’s witness testimonies in court were riddled with expletives and it is likely that the evidence will be used to charge them with misconduct.

The QPR defender admitted to using a fist-pumping action to rattle Terry over his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend and the Chelsea skipper responded by calling him, in context, a ‘f****** black c***, f******* k*******’.

A separate race charge could also follow for Terry, but it is unthinkable for the FA to pursue the England defender after a criminal court delivered a not-guilty verdict.

The game’s governing body released a short statement, saying: ‘The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own enquiries.’

Terry walked free from court just after 2.30pm on Friday, but not before his QC George Carter-Stephenson put in an application for the public purse to foot the Chelsea skipper’s 1m-plus legal bill.

The astronomical bill has been mounting ever since Terry was initially accused of abusing Ferdinand

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

The financial aspects are for the court to consider but that was the furthest thing from Terry’s mind when he was acquitted after a lengthy judgement was read out by Riddle.

Ferdinand, as his PR agent Justin Rigby warned police in evidence read to the court, may now opt to take out a civil action. In court, it emerged that Rigby had told police that if Terry was not charged with a racially aggravated crime it could be turned into the wording of ‘a black man against a white man’.

There were some undignified celebrations in the public gallery from members of Terry’s family, who whooped with delight and punched the air just yards away from the Ferdinand family.

Anton’s brother Rio Ferdinand, who curiously tweeted that he had just been watching his favourite Jim Carrey film Liar Liar on the opening morning of the trial, did not post any reaction on Twitter last night.

Ferdinand’s parents sat in court all week and despite their obvious distress, they will be relieved that their son Anton has been formally exonerated by the court from inventing a racist allegation.

Riddle conceded that it was ‘brave’ for Ferdinand to agree to give evidence and went on to say that it is ‘inherently unlikely that he should accuse John Terry of calling him a f****** black c***, then shortly after the match completely deny that he had made such a comment.’

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

The Ferdinand family, who were so upset and shocked by the verdict that they spent nearly an hour in a private room at the court following Terry’s acquittal, refused to comment.

Kick It Out, the campaign to stop racism in football, were represented in court throughout the week and expressed regret that the evidence against Terry was insufficient.

Chairman Lord Ouseley said: ‘It seems there is a problem with some men who are highly paid playing football and being abusive in a way which is totally unacceptable and the authorities will come together no doubt in due course to try and eradicate this.

‘I think at the highest level of football it’s got to stop, because these are people who are highly paid role models, they influence their fans.’

Lord Ouseley also claimed that the verdict is likely to deter black players from making formal complaints about racial abuse.

He added: ‘There is clear evidence we know that players are reluctant to come forward and raise this issue.

‘There is a culture in the dressing room which has to be tackled, people are very fearful and do not come forward.’

Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

The former Chelsea and Celtic defender Paul Elliott said: ‘Football is a wonderful way for people to express themselves, break down barriers, challenge a lot of areas around all forms of discrimination and prejudices.

‘It’s about learning the lessons and ensuring that this type of situation doesn’t come into a court again.

‘I was a player that was engaged in the ugliness of the late Seventies and early Eighties and it’s regrettable that in the 21st century we’re here actually discussing these issues.’

Terry went to a central London hotel to celebrate with his legal team after the verdict and he will go on holiday with his family this weekend.

The former England captain has been given extended time off by his club and will join the Chelsea squad on their pre-season tour of America next weekend.

Gianfranco Zola faces Watford backlash after Sean Dyche sacking

New boss Zola facing a Hornets nest at Watford after Dyche sacking

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Gianfranco Zola's first job as Watford boss will be to quell a player backlash after Sean Dyche was ruthlessly sacked on Tuesday.

The club’s new owners, the Pozzo family, have a verbal agreement with the Italian to take over at Vicarage Road after completing their takeover last week. Zola’s only other club managerial experience was a 21-month spell at West Ham.

Game over: Dyche has been sacked by Watford - despite a fine season

Game over: Dyche has been sacked by Watford – despite a fine season

But, despite leading the Hornets to a top-half Championship finish last season on limited funds, Dyche, 41, was axed to make way for the former Chelsea star. Dyche’s sacking has been met with huge disappointment from several members of the club’s playing squad, angered by his treatment.

Back in the game: Zola has been out of football since leaving West Ham

Back in the game: Zola has been out of football since leaving West Ham

The manager was a popular figure among the squad and several players were said to be infuriated by the decision to boot Dyche out of the club.

Bolton and Team GB striker Marvin Sordell, who worked under Dyche at Vicarage Road last season, said on Twitter: ‘I can’t believe Sean Dyche has been sacked by Watford. They have lost a very talented manager.’