Why FA Sanctions Are A Total FArce

So, the kangaroo court has had its day – well ok, they dragged it out for 4 days in the end – but it still ended with them dishing out the inevitable ban we all knew was coming John Terry’s way.

Well, maybe not quite the ban we all expected – because, in spite of his not guilty verdict in a courtroom, I wouldn’t have been overly surprised if they’d given him more than 4 games to be honest. As it is, they settled on 4 games and a £220,000 fine – but it goes without saying that despite already being found not guilty in court even this punishment doesn’t seem to be enough for the masses.

I’ve read some seriously over the top stuff about it since yesterday – he’s been ‘protected’ because of who he is, he’s got off lightly, or worse still, he’s got off with it altogether! Everyone from Alex Ferguson to the old dear at the corner shop has given an opinion on the ban and for some reason, probably because it’s John Terry, they’re all missing the point – he had already been found not guilty.

This isn’t just because it’s John Terry either, because even a couple of United supporters I spoke to today were completely mystified by the ruling – and we all know how United feel about JT, but imagine this scenario: You end up in court accused of something you maintain you didn’t do. Ok, no-one wants to believe you or hear your version of events but you get your say in court and you’re found not guilty. Naturally, you’d be happy, feel vindicated, lots of back slapping and all that in the court room – and then some other judge turns round and says he’s fining you and giving you a sentence anyway. I know, bizarre idea isn’t it? Yet technically, that’s what’s just happened.

The FA have completely ignored the court’s verdict – as have the press and public – and on what can only be the same evidence (because I haven’t heard of any miraculous new evidence come to light), they’ve dished out whatever punishment they felt would appease the masses. Unbelievable really.

Is there any other organisation in this country that would have the sheer arrogance to see itself as so far above the law it can apply whatever made up, draconian rules and regulations it likes? And as for his right of appeal, don’t make me laugh because if he even bothered doing that, given the outcry already over the 4 games he got, the FA without a shadow of a doubt would simply increase it.

Still, here’s to the FA and their sanctions eh? Or should that be FARCE?!!

11 Responses to “Why FA Sanctions Are A Total FArce”

  1. I have no doubt he said it. I have no doubt he is not racist. The facty that a prosecutor could not prove in court he did not mean it does not mean he did not say it because he had had enough off Anton Ferdinand’s taunts. He said something racist, he did not mean it in a racist way, he just meant f~#!k off Anton.

  2. I’ve backed Terry vociferously during all this mayhem, for reasons too many to mention now. But nevertheless, the fact that a captain of Chelsea should shout such words during a game is disgusting, whatever the intent, reason or provocation. Assuming all his defense is true and above board, he still had no business using those words under ANY circumstances. He could have asked his question of Ferdinand in the manner of “Did you say I said something racist?” or “What did you say I called you?” Terry might not have intended a racial insult (or maybe he did), but what is sadly undeniable is that he has sullied the club’s name by using such words at all.

  3. If Terry were a Man U [layer would the FA have given this kind of judgemnt?

  4. sir cecil, you are a moron, stupid and a fool, infact you no noting in football, go back home and b playing ps2 cus dat will sut you!!! Did i get you mad with my statement?????? Dats what anton fad. Did to terry. Now if you ask me how to stop such from happening again den i’ll say cut the snake by the head. Small guy insulting big guy bcos we ar playing football??? I will call such boy any upsetin name i like

  5. If I were John Terry I would pursue this case further even to the extent of getting to the CAS court of arbitration on sport where I believe justice verdit can be delivered. Imagine cleared by a higher court and found guilty by a lower shabby court, this says much about FA.

  6. If I were John Terry I would pursue this case further even to the extent of getting to the *CAS* court of arbitration on sport where I believe justice verdit can be delivered. Imagine cleared by a higher court and found guilty by a lower shabby court, this says much about FA.

  7. Sir Cecil…. He could have asked his question of Ferdinand in the manner of “Did you say I said something racist?”

    What planet do you come from…..here we are with footballers who generally have one GCSE in Home Economics between them and you want them to stop and think about what they say?? John Terry along with a host of other over paid primadonnas…..Cannot think…..not from the Boxers upwards anyway…possibly with their feet, but not from there upwards!

    Yes society has racists, but JT is not one of them. He is an Oaf…yes, a moron at time yes but the PC brigade running the UK and every Quango in the UK have had their day and will continue to do so unless we get really honest…shake hands and get on with it.
    Real racism has not place anywhere, but name calling from both sides……WTF!

  8. So go ahead Anton and provoke anyone the way you like, you just got the FA’s blessing. Kind of remind me of Zidane response to taunts from the Italian guy at the world cup, no one ever thought to charge the other guy. So that’s a way to play football, get a detective to dig into your opponent’s past and get all the dirts you can and bring it to the pitch. Hey, try it with the referee too, it just might work. The FA simply exhibiting foolishness that has no compare.

  9. I think its crazy that a court of law can say ‘Terry you are innocent’! But then a room full of old men can go ‘Actually we are above the law and say you are guilty’.

    The FA have shot themselves in the foot how can they think they know better than a court of law!

  10. Is very clear that england FA is above the rule of law.i hard comment from sir alex i he mis the point if terry is a man u payer FA would nt treat him this way,they want to please the masses.

  11. Is very clear that england FA is above the rule of law.i hard comment from sir alex he mis the point if terry is a man u payer FA would nt treat him this way,they want to please the masses.