[UK] Kick It Out statement on John Terry
Thursday 18 Oct 2012
Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley has released the following statement after Chelsea captain John Terry's decision not to appeal against his four-match ban for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
"Kick It Out welcomes the apology from both Chelsea FC and John Terry. We are disappointed there hasn't been an acknowledgement in it, of the hurt experienced by the many people caught in crossfire during the past 12 months.
"It does however form the basis of bringing closure to the matter sometime in the near future.
"There are still some questions unanswered which all associated bodies need to address if we are to reach a position where players and fans have trust and confidence to believe any form of unacceptable conduct is dealt with swiftly and effectively in future.
"In particular, attention will have to be given to support provided to victims in such circumstances, the most obvious example being players and families involved in the fallout from Serbia this week.
"Kick It Out looks forward as we enter the One Game, One Community weeks of action, working with all players, clubs, fans and partners to enable their commitment to equality and diversity and fair treatment across all levels of the game to be demonstrated."
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"Racism is not only a problem in football, it's a problem in society. Until we tackle it in society, we can't tackle it in football."
John Barnes, former England midfielder