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?!!