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John Terry faces criminal charges, shows he doesn’t get it either

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John Terry will face criminal charges for allegedly using a racial slur against QPR's Anton Ferdinand. If found guilty, Terry faces a fine of £2,500, the strong potential of charges from the FA once the more important criminal case is wrapped up, and the possibility of losing his England captaincy (again.) "I'm glad I'm not that guy," Luis Suarez is probably saying as he makes up his list of books to read during his time off work.

Unlike Liverpool on the Suarez FA case, Chelsea kept their official statement on short and free of attacks on Ferdinand or accusations of a conspiracy against Terry. Terry's personal statement, however, made one of the same mistakes Liverpool did and shows that he too misses the mark in his defense.

From the Guardian:

"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."

Again, this is not a case of someone charged for being a racist. This is a case of someone being charged for saying a racial slur. It really doesn't matter how diverse your friends are or how many hours you've campaigned against racism, you're still capable of saying words that are racial insults. But whether saying a racial slur should be a criminal offense or not is relevant and necessary, yet separate debate.

As for why Suarez has been charged by the FA and Terry by the police, but not the other way around, well, it seems no one made a criminal complaint against Suarez (a "member of the public" (a QPR fan) emailed a complaint to the police against Terry). According to the Guardian, "The Football Association initiated an inquiry into the [Terry] incident following a complaint from QPR," but once the police investigation began, that took precedent. So, if Terry is found guilty in the criminal case, the FA could/will likely charge him as well.

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