The specter of racialism is hanging over English football as the
Football Association has been forced to investigate the complaint that John Terry, the England captain made a racial slur against QPR’s Anton Ferdinand Sunday’s derby with Queens Park Rangers.
The statement on the FA’s web site says:
The FA can confirm it has received a complaint relating to an alleged incident of racist abuse in the QPR versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.
The FA will now begin to make enquiries into this matter. The FA takes seriously any allegations of discrimination and abuse of this type.
No further comment will be issued at this time.
The FA’s hand was forced in the Terry case after the police became involved when a member of the public complained that they had heard Terry make a racial slur.
Scotland Yard issued a statement saying:
“We can confirm police have been notified of an incident on Sunday October 23 involving alleged racial abuse. This is currently being assessed by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham.”
QPR fans accused Terry of calling Ferdinand a “f****** black c***”.
Terry categorically denies doing so and insisted he was trying to clarify to Ferdinand he had not used those words.