This week saw Chelsea’s John Terry cut his ties with the England team amidst the racism row.
After 78 caps for his country, with a heavy heart he made a statement which slammed the FA for making his position ‘unattainable’. Aw, poor you John, because you’re the victim in this aren’t you?
Although he escaped criminal charges, he didn’t get away from the
wrath lenient punishment from the FA – a four match ban and £220,000. Luis Suarez may be feeling a little hard done by.
Why is this lenient? Terry’s case had video evidence of the incident while the Suarez and Evra incident didn’t. Yet Suarez received an eight match ban and £40,000 fine.
£220,000 is Terry’s reported weekly wage. A week’s wage for making a racist remark? The FA have failed once again to take a zero tolerance attitude. As Gary Lineker points out:
The FA find John Terry guilty and give him a 4 match ban and 220K fine. Just one game more than a regular red card?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 27, 2012
What the FA are suggesting with their punishment is racism isn’t that bad. Joey Barton received a 12 match ban for essentially ‘losing the plot’ on the last day of the season. To the FA, violence>racism.
John Terry may even have the audacity to appeal the decision. He should consider himself lucky the FA haven’t given him a ban similar to Barton’s or at least Suarez.
What impact does this have on England? I think a positive one.
I previously wrote about England needing to blood in the younger players for the future. The Golden Generation such as Terry have had their chance. They’re also on the wrong side of 30 too. England must look beyond Brazil and think about giving players such as Phil Jageilka and Gary Cahill the experience of playing under the pressure of a countries hopes and expectations.
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter:
There are so many two faced players and pundit in england . Its so easy for them to condemn Suarez , but not John Terry. #Disgrace
— Emmanuel Eboue (@TheRealEboue) September 27, 2012
— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) September 27, 2012
Eric Cantona got a 9-month ban for attacking a racist, but John Terry gets just 4 games for being a racist. Discuss.
— Match of the Dave (@MatchOfTheDave_) September 27, 2012
Understand John Terry’s £220,000 fine is the biggest individual financial penalty for a footballer under FA jurisdiction.
— Richard Conway BBC (@richard_conway) September 27, 2012