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Sir Les calls for action


ELITE GOALSCORER Les Ferdinand has called for a severe punishment to be handed to John Terry should the Chelsea and England captain be found guilty of racially abusing his cousin Anton.

The police and the Football Association (FA) are investigating claims that Terry, 30, directed a racial slur at the QPR player during Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to the Hoops on Sunday, October 23, at Loftus Road.

Speaking at the Black List Awards - a ceremony celebrating the achievements of the black British football fraternity - as to whether Terry should be banned from the national team if he is found guilty, Ferdinand said:

“It's down to the FA, but I'd be shouting from the rooftops [for that]. They need to make a statement,” explained the ex-England international.

“If they don't make a statement, paltry fines that have been handed out in the past prove to people that these people do not believe there is a problem with racism in football."

TALISMANIC: Ferdinand during his QPR days

The talismanic former QPR, Newcastle and Tottenham striker, now a coach at White Hart Lane, continued: "The more we see [racism] is a problem and we do something about it, the more it eradicates the problem from happening.

"Until we can do that, this problem will continue [to] happen and I think it will steadily get worse until major steps are taken about stamping this out."

The incident at Loftus Road comes a week after Manchester United’s Patrice Evra claimed he was racially taunted by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez during their 1-1 draw on October 15 at Anfield.

Ferdinand added: "I think the FA, FIFA and UEFA have been in positions where they have been able to stamp out a few problems which have reared their ugly heads in the last few years and they haven't done so, or they haven't done it diligently enough.”

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