John Terry, captain for Chelsea, has been accused of racially taunting a player according to the Huffington Post.
“The Crown Prosecution Service said Wednesday that there was sufficient evidence to prosecute Terry for his on-field exchange with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on Oct. 23. Ferdinand is black.
The 31-year-old England captain faces a charge of using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior, or disorderly behavior within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated.”
Terry’s initial hearing will be at West London Magistrates’ Court on Feb. 1. The maximum sentence for the offense is a fine of $3,920.”
John Terry has denied the claim and made this statement: “I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible,” Terry said. “I have never aimed a racist remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my closest friends.
“I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence. I have campaigned against racism and believe there is no place for it in society.”
Things get heated on the field of play between fierce competitors. With that being said, there is no place in any professional sport for racial remarks pointed at an opposing player. This is a clear cut he said/she said case, but if this is the law, and John Terry broke that law with evidence that proves his guilt, than he should face punishment. John Terry is a fierce competitor and I subject he probably doesn’t even recall saying it in the heat of the battle- which does happen at times. I suspect Terry will apologize to player personally when it’s all said and done, and things will move on as normal for Terry, the player, and Chelsea.