Chelsea and Terry under fire for secret punishment and belated apology
Chelsea have been criticised for refusing to publically state what punishment the club has handed to captain John Terry after the former England defender decided against appealing his suspension and fine for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Terry has also been condemned for taking almost exactly a full calendar year to apologise for the language he directed towards Ferdinand in the incident that took place in October 2011. The Telegraph calculated that there were 361 days between the altercation and Terry’s statement of contrition, in which he apologised to “everyone” for the language that he used without mentioning Ferdinand specifically by name.
A Chelsea statement said the club believed Terry had done the right thing by not contesting his Football Association charge, four-game ban and £220,000 fine, adding that the club had also punished Terry but “In accordance with our long-standing policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential.”
As a result, both the club and the player have been censured by prominent anti-racism campaigners. Jason Roberts, the Reading striker, was highly critical of Chelsea as well as the leading anti-racism group in football, Kick It Out, alleging the organisation could have done more to support Ferdinand, the Telegraph said. He added: “If you use that sort of language in the workplace, what sanction would you expect to be given? I don't know. You say about fans saying it on the sidelines and what would happen to them?”
The chairman of Kick It Out, Lord Ouseley, said: “A personal apology last October would have clinched it and saved everybody the pain they have gone through.”
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