September 25th, 2012
John Terry: Going Out With A Bang
Image: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe.
The Chelsea skipper announced his retirement from international football on Sunday, one day before he was due to appear before an independent panel convened to examine allegations of his using racially charged language towards a fellow player. But instead of an emotional goodbye to the NT, he fired the opening salvo in what looks to be the biggest battle for his career and reputation to date.
Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.
Terry claimed he was making the statement:
… in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.
An FA spokesman rejected the assertion, pointing out that:
[the criminal case & the FA case] sit in different compartments and I could separate the two in my mind, but it doesn’t look like he could.
Even the likes of us don’t need to wring the inference out of that one. So we won’t. Instead, we’ll simply ask you this.
Was John Terry right? Would his position in the England team have become untenable whatever the outcome of the hearing, given the nature of the charges against him? Roy Hodgson doesn’t think so.
Or, as some have speculated, is this a political move designed to save his Chelsea career? Given the FA’s current emphasis on kicking racism out of the game, the club’s continuing support of their captain *could* become a PR problem if JT is found guilty.
Offer your thoughts. While all the time keeping our comments moderator’s proclivity towards migraine attacks in mind, please.