John Terry handed 4 match ban for abusive language against QPR's Anton Ferdinand

@ram_cv (16516)
India
September 27, 2012 10:42am CST
John Terry of Chelsea has been handed a 4 match ban by FA for using abusive language against QPR's Anton Ferdinand. After the courts cleared John Terry of racist charges this is FA's own inquiry into the issue. Apart from this he has also been fined 220,000 GBP. Probably John Terry saw this coming and that was the actual reason for his retiring from the England career. Cheers! Ram
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@rappeter13 (5298)
• Romania
1 Oct 12
I consider this decision absurd. Football was always a tough sport, every great player was different on the field, the dirty language and the little conflicts were always part of the game. I guess that everybody who has played competitive football knows this and should react knowing these things. But the players also know that what happens on the field, stays there so why punish somebody for some harsh words, I will never understand. If these things will become more and more frequent, football will become a game without aggressiveness, and that will eventually kill the game. This ban was not alive in the game against Arsenal, because I have seen Terry on the field.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Oct 12
Yes, which is why this FA decision was a bit of surprise. I just think there is something happening behind the scenes and there is a lobby of Ferdinand and Terry which is splitting the FA in the middle. Cheers! Ram
• Romania
3 Oct 12
It was a strange decision anyways. How can a sporting organization overrule a decision made by the Court? I think this is a case for UEFA or FIFA, because that is not a correct decision.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
24 Oct 12
I think it is because PFA wants to show that they are strong against racism. Cheers! Ram
• United States
28 Sep 12
You mean a player was banned for saying something offensive? Wow! If we banned all the athletes that say stupid things , there wouldn't be enough people to play Any professional sport, lol. What happens that is worse is the player can not endorse any product. They are shamed into apologizing but the words live on.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Sep 12
I think there is more to this than meets the eye. Actually Anton Ferdinand took John Terry to the courts for racial abuse and the case was decided in favor of JT that he had not racially abused. But, FA probably in it's internal assessment felt differently and wanted to punish JT, so they have done this. But so that they do not dishonor the court, they have left the word "racial" out of their official statement. You are right though that if every player gets banned for running his mouth, half the athletes today would be banned!! Cheers! Ram
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• United States
28 Sep 12
I think I'm too much of an American. Here in the States we have freedom of speech. So Ferdinand couldn't take John to court. In hockey , the next game John would have a target on his back. John would get hit just a little more harder. At Ferdinand's home rink, there would be signs expressing how much of an a$$hole they find him. It wouldn't die. but this suspension only hurts his team more. They are the ones who have to hold the ship while he is gone! So I see the club getting punished for what this idiot said. Am I correct?
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
30 Sep 12
No, Ferdinand took him to court for racial abuse. I believe that even in US for racial abuse you can take a person to court. But the fact that FA has stepped in after the courts have acquitted JT, means there is something behind the scenes. In an unrelated (??) incident, JT had last month decided to retire from the England setup. :) Cheers! Ram
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@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
27 Sep 12
i think it`s unfair for John Tery he had been punished with removing his badge as captain, it is more the hard punishment for JT
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27 Sep 12
A four match ban for racist abuse is light in my eyes. You get a three match ban for a reckless challenge that gets you sent off.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Sep 12
But the key thing here is that the judicial court have acquitted Terry saying that there is no proof of racial abuse. So not sure on what basis FA decided to give this verdict. Also, in their statement they avoided the word "racial". Cheers! Ram
@nophie (2339)
• Indonesia
30 Sep 12
it`s unfair for John Terry maybe FA try to take revenge against Terry what`s the mistake of Terry for FA so FA since 1 years ago try to make john terry makes suprised decision, retired from national team..
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
30 Sep 12
I do not know what is happening behind the scenes, because Capello was sacked for supporting JT. Then Roy decided to drop Ferdinand so that JT can play. Then the courts acquitted JT of racial abuse and the FA decides to take action against him. JT quits his international career!! So looks like there is a lot going behind the scenes in this case. Cheers! Ram
@sjlskl (3385)
• Singapore
28 Sep 12
The punishment is definitely too light. Suarez was suspended for seven games and reason given for the discrepancy is that Suarez mouthed the word a few times while Terry did it once. In my eyes, a racist remark, regardless of the number of times of it being spoken, it is still unwarrant and deserve equal punishment. As for his reason for quitting the national team, it has to do with this case. In fact, I thought he should have never been allowed to take the flight for Euro 2012. He is just a horrible person.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Sep 12
But the key is that I am not sure that this punishment is handed for racial abuse as the court had acquitted Terry of all racial charges. That is why the statement from FA carefully avoids the word "racial" from their press release. Cheers! Ram