February 1st, 2012

John Terry: All Over? It’s Barely Begun

Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

UPDATE: In news unlikely to be a huge surprise to anyone following this story, it was confirmed this morning that John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy. The decision, which was made by the FA as oppose to manager Fabio Capello, means that Terry will not lead England at EURO 2012, although according to early reports, he will be eligible for selection.

He has made no comment as yet.

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John Terry will go on trial for his alleged racist comments against Anton Ferdinand on 9th July, just nine days after the conclusion of EURO 2012. Terry, who will captain England in the tourney, pleaded not guilty to a ‘racially-aggravated public order offence’┬ávia a solicitor at a court hearing this morning.

On the plus side, this should temporarily distract the English media from slating their national team’s performance in a major competition. Maybe.

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14 Responses to “John Terry: All Over? It’s Barely Begun”

  1. Catie2838 says:

    To the update: Well good. Still not enough, but if they would have left him as captain then I'd say the FA may as well disband and hand their jobs over to the squirrels in the park. They're about as useful.

  2. Lisa says:

    So unfair that the FA will protect people like Terry and Rooney just because they're English. If it were anyone else, the trial would be on now. If John acted like a decent human, there would be no need for any of this anyway.

    • April says:

      Should be noted that it isnt the FA putting the trial up.. it's the court. The FA really sort of needs to wait for the trial to occur before they can finish their own investigation.

  3. Football Purist says:

    I remember when whatever was said on the pitch stayed there!!!

    • mybabyri says:

      Are you serious!!! soo being a rasist should be allowed or tolerated on the pitch??!!! the hells wrong with you?!

      Its not hard playing fotball and not being rasist at the same time, just shut it and everything will be all good!!!

    • lapuristasucks says:

      it is exactly people like you who support the (not so) secret racism in the beautiful game. This attitude is supremacist, condescending and absolutely wrong. What, is it a gentlemen's agreement? "C'mon n*gg*r don't be so sensitive, you know how it is, if you can't stand the heat, don't come too close to the fire?" Makes me sick to my stomach. I remember Luis Aragones motivating his players by telling them, c'mon you are better than this black sh*t (Thierry Henry, and just for the records, no, JOse Reyes isn't better than TH). And then he had the balls to say, I didn't anything wrong, I don't see the problem. I have been looking at many Spanish players differently ever since this happened.
      JT is is the captain of the England squad, for pete's sake, not some talentless and frustrated moron. He is supposed to be a role model. He is the captain of black players, supposed to lead and guide them. How could they trust him 100%? I now see in which direction your name, football purist, is heading.

    • IrishBlue says:

      Who would have thought that Sepp Blatter would take to posting on Kickette.

  4. con2e says:

    How convenient. Wait until the end of the Prem season AND Euro "12 until the trial. Let's protect our own don't we, England's Brave John Terry. What an f**ng joke!

    • IrishBlue says:

      I've gotta agree with you, as much as he has given to the team I love, I just can't see how he can continue as England captain. I know he is innocent until proven guilty but considering the controversy that seems to follow him around I do think that if England want to continue with their Euro campaign and if the FA wants to retain any bit of credibility, he's got to step down.

      It would be some kick in the teeth if they give the captaincy to Rio though!

      • April says:

        I'd have to say, if Terry does and ought to step down to help reduce the controversy and make sure the team is focused, giving the captaincy to Rio would only fire it up all the further.

  5. Catie2838 says:

    That seems like quite a long wait…

    • mata says:

      The reason for the wait is because it was requested by the Chelsea FC and FA on the grounds that having the trial now (it was supposed to be in March) would be too "disruptive". Do you think that if you or I were charged with a criminal offence the court would delay the trial because it was "disruptive" to our jobs? And now that it's been delayed (at their request) until July the FA/England are using this as a justification for keeping Terry on as captain and player at Euro 2012. The whole thing stinks. And the FA has become a joke.

      • Catie2838 says:

        I was wondering if that was the reason. That's pretty convenient, no? Once again, pretending racism isn't a problem. Whether he is innocent or not, the fact that they don't give this issue any priority just keeps this cycle going. If they ever want to begin changing how racism is dealt with in football, they have to actually do something about it. As you said, the FA's a joke.