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‘Black players let down by handling of Terry case’

INCIDENT: Ferdinand (left) and Terry

FORMER FA chairman Lord Triesman has said that he believes England’s football governing body has ‘let down’ black footballers.

Triesman was speaking on Radio 5 Live in relation to how the FA handled the John Terry racism case.

On September 27, Chelsea captain Terry was found guilty of using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand by an independent FA panel and was given a four-match ban and fined £220,000 following an incident at Loftus Road in December.

Terry, 31, had previously been found not guilty a racially aggravated public order offence in a trial in July.

Terry was still allowed to compete at the European Championships in June and when Triesman was asked whether Terry should not have played for England with the case hanging over him, he said: “Personally, I would have preferred that, yes. I take a fairly hard view and I think we should have zero tolerance.

“However good he is, I really think as you look around the country and talk to black players, what you will find is they respect him as a player but they feel let down because they don’t feel the line has been drawn clearly enough.”

The 68-year-old continued: “The fact it that has taken a year is unconscionable. You shouldn’t have any kind of system which takes this long because it gives the impression people are indifferent to the issues.

“I can’t for the life of me see why the FA couldn’t have proceeded before the court case.

“I just wonder what impression it gives to the rest of the world, and particularly to those players from ethnic communities. I wonder what it says to them if it takes a year to get to this stage.”

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