John Terry vs The Crown Prosecution Service: An Amercian Perspective

Over England way, John Terry has been stripped of his national team captaincy. The move comes in the midst of Terry’s ongoing prosecution for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, with a trial on the incident set for the summer. Terry’s leadership of England was under question before, but the controversy surrounding what he allegedly said to Ferdinand was the tipping point for removing him as captain. The FA’s decision wasn’t so much a statement against racism as it was a nod to the distractions Terry’s unresolved legal troubles might cause. Though, from a legal standpoint, their hands might have been tied. Putting aside the issue of the strange lionization of the England captain and the breathless debate over who will take up the mantle next, the decision to remove Terry refocuses a painfully bright light on the spate of racism affecting English soccer. Even as the Terry decision was hitting the wires, word that a Manchester United fan had been arrested for racial abuse committed during a match with Stoke landed on top of the ever-expanding pile of incidents. That pile includes Luis Suarez and his lack of cultural understanding with Patrice Evra and at least two Liverpool fan arrests for actions deemed to be racially abusive. One of those happened just last week and accidentally made its way into Liverpool’s official website highlight package before the club pulled it down....

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