Friday, October 19, 2012
CHELSEA THREATENS TO THROW TERRY OUT IF FOUND GUILTY OF RACIAL ABUSE AGAIN
Skipper John Terry has been warned he will be booted out of Chelsea if found guilty of racial abuse again.
He was summoned to a board meeting and told in no uncertain terms that his future at the club is on the line.
The defender was fined two weeks wages of £220,000 but retained the captaincy after announcing he will not be appealing against the FA’s four-match ban for using racist language in an incident with Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand last year October.
The just retired England defender will start the suspension on Saturday, when Chelsea travel to London rivals Tottenham, and will miss two games against Manchester United as well as a clash with Swansea.
Terry will avoid the potential controversy of wearing a Kick It Out T-shirt in the warm-up before the Barclays Premier League home clash with United a week on Sunday.
Chelsea justified their decision to retain Terry as captain by claiming that their disciplinary process always takes places behind closed doors.
They argued that stripping him of the captaincy would have dragged the process into the public arena.
Now Terry is counting the cost of his trial at Westminster Magistrates Court and the decision by the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission that he should pick up the costs for both sides.
Terry retained George Carter-Stephenson QC on £10,000-a-day for his defence against the FA charge and football’s governing body employed a silk on similar rates.