The Saturday debate: Is John Terry's punishment of a four-game ban and 220,000 fine right
21:47 GMT, 28 September 2012
After Chelsea captain John Terry was found guilty by the FA of making racist comments to QPR's Anton Ferdinand he was banned for four games and fined 220,000, Sportsmail asks its panel of experts if it was the correct punishment.
MARK BRIGHT (Former Sheffield Wednesday striker)
We can all say John Terry has previous but in this particular case was there enough evidence I don’t think there was. Regardless what went on in the past, if someone’s been found not guilty in court, I don’t think there’s enough evidence.
CYRILLE REGIS ( Former West Brom striker)
A panel of knowledgeable people have gone through the due process and we have to trust they got it right. People are making comparisons with Luis Suarez, but he used the term negro seven times, whereas Terry was found guilty of using racist language once. I know he had already appeared in a court of law but this was a different charge. It was simply use of racist language and, having been found guilty, a four-game ban is about right.
Fined and banned: John Terry has had his punishment from The FA
NEIL ASHTON (Football news correspondent)
Four games is irrelevant. If it is confirmed in the FA’s judgment that John Terry was wrong to accuse Anton Ferdinand of inventing a racist allegation at Loftus Road last October, the biggest punishment for Terry is that he will have to live with that. It would be seen as an immoral tool that Terry used to try to wriggle out of the charges.
CHRIS WHEELER (Football reporter)
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Flashpoint: The moment when Terry was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand last season
SHAKA HISLOP (Former Newcastle keeper)
The FA are weak, biased and xenophobic. I have lost all faith in them. There are a number of ways you can abuse someone over their skin colour and John Terry went to one extreme. From now on, is it OK to shout racist abuse at someone, provided it finishes with a question mark Absolutely not. The FA are showing they are quite happy to stamp out racism, as long as it is not committed by an Anglo-Saxon English captain of the national team.
ALAN PARDEW (Newcastle manager)
You want to see consistency in the number of games and the fine and that needs to be looked at going forward because the fine should be heavy if he is guilty. I am not in possession of all the facts but I think the FA should explain why they have come to those decisions.