Jeez, the Independent didn’t hold back with their front page coverage of John Terry this morning
Plenty of people felt that John Terry got off lightly on a racism charge yesterday and the UK version of The Independent pulled no punches with their front page coverage of the case this morning.
The Chelsea captain was handed a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine for alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last year, a punishment which raised more than a few eyebrows because of its apparent leniency in comparison to the sentence handed down to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez for a similar offence.
As you will probably well know by now, Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £50,000 for alleged racial abuse of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last season and most people felt that Terry would be in line for a similar sanction.
Unsurprisingly, the Terry case has attracted a lot of attention in the papers this morning, but none are as hard hitting as the UK edition of The Independent, who featured a picture of Terry along with an accompanying headline ‘J.T. Captain. Leader. Legend. Racist.’ on their front page.
Pic via Twitter/Sporting Eye
In related news, The Irish Sun are reporting that Terry will face legal fees of up to €1 million, which he will have to fork out of his own pocket without the help of his employers at Chelsea, while The Mirror reports that black players are threatening to boycott the FA’s Kick it Out campaign – designed to tackle the issue of racism in football – in response to what they believe to be soft treatment of Terry by the authorities.
Chances are this story is set to rumble on for some time yet.