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How very sad.
I've seen many, many England games where he seemed to be the only guy in the team who gave a shit. He always seemed to give his all. I'll miss him being there.
...but still a racist cunt.
I'm utterly delighted about this.
FA charges and criminal charges are completely separate things and I'd be amazed if he didn't realise and understand that.
To me it's the reaction of someone who's jumping before being pushed.
The court's decision was (correctly) that, based on the evidence, there wasn't sufficient evidence to prove Terry guilty of making racist remarks beyond reasonable doubt. The FA has a lower burden of proof of the balance of probability and, based on what was said in court, there's every reason to charge him on that basis. Whether in self-defence or not, the fact is he was caught on camera shouting a racist term at a black footballer. Why the Hell would he expect the FA not to investigate that?
I sincerely doubt that's true of the vast majority of people, personally.
I don't think we're talking about someone who is trying to get away with wrongdoing. We're looking at someone who (regardless of what the objective truth is) is utterly convinced they didn't do anything wrong.
And, conversely, I think there actually is a fair argument that he's been hard done-by and that something said in the heat of the moment in a particular context has created far more problems than anyone could have expected. Certainly it would probably have been better all round if the referral to the police hadn't happened and he'd just faced an FA charge.
But I don't think there is an argument that the FA have been unreasonable in charging him. They had to do it in the circumstances and the fact he's been cleared in a court of law doesn't have any bearing on that.
but then the wording of the relevant FA rule is a bit ... Well, it's worded the way you'd expect the FA to word things.
I think that Terry most likely isn't a very nice person, but that even not very nice people rarely deserve the kind of hounding he's got. But that's obviously not a very popular opinion, so let's just look at this funny-ish picture of him.
That's the difference between this and most other cases. Most people merely wanted their own prejudices to be held up in a court of law...
but I very much doubt his retirement will make much of a tangible difference to England. It would be kinda funny if they did get markedly worse and didn't qualify for the World Cup, but they'll probably just look very, very slightly more shaky at the back while achieving essentially the same results.
it was like playing a game of paranoid and delusional football club fan bingo
'a black cunt'. Defence countered by claiming he was incredulously repeating the opposition player suggesting he'd racially abused him.
What's in question is the context in white he used the term
The only thing that irks me about it is that if the man had any respect for his country and the responsibility that comes with being England captain, he would have done this long ago and shown that he has some decency, dignity and integrity. As was said upthread, he either genuinely believes that he has done nothing wrong, or thinks it's OK as long as you can get away with it. >Fuck your mate's wife - if he ain't looking after her it's his problem
>Shout racist epithets on the pitch - it was him that said it first. Ride the storm for a bit, they'll soon forget.
The England captaincy is for leaders who set an example to fellow pros and millions of kids who look for role models. The fact Terry obviosuly doesn't realise this should preclude him from wearing the armband. Says a lot about the morals of the sport in general as well.
he'd already have done the thing that he's just done, even though he wouldn't have had to do it.
From this: http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/296/9/e/england_lion_by_x_cyber_centauri_x-d31cqwi.png
To this: http://www.harveymackay.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/cowardly-lion.jpg
As a mark of respect to John Terry, in recognition that the country is losing a lionhearted defender, the English national football team badge will from now on only contain 2 lions.
BNP have come out in support of him.