After staying quite on the issue for the past few months I finally feel I needed to throw my opinion into the mix on the John Terry Saga. This has been the most controversial moment in English Football in recent years and threatens to derail England’s Euro 2012 campaign. The video evidence would appear to suggest that Terry is guilty as charged but I’m yet to be convinced. We have seen this in the past where people are accused of something and the majority of people believe they are guilty but the person turns out to be innocent. Terry has been protesting his innocence so much that there is the possibility that he could be innocent. The verdict of the court case is irrelevant because the public’s perception is what matters and if we take this into account then Terry is guilty as charged.
There have been no winners from the incident: Anton Ferdinand has been subject of a hate campaign from certain areas even though he didn’t make any accusations. This is a police matter yet the QPR defender has received bullets in the post from some narrow minded individuals. Football in general has suffered from this incident and the image of the game has been tarnished. England’s Euro campaign looks like the next thing which is going to suffer because of the allegations. The FA has deemed it necessary to remove Terry as England captain against the Managers wishes. Why is it when ever a major tournament comes around the English try their best to make it difficult for their team to be successful? What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
It’s scary when Joey Barton has been the man talking the most sense about this issue. The FA handling of this situation has been disgraceful? The have let the situation spiral out of control and have ignored all the rules when it comes to crisis management. Granted this is a police investigation but surely the FA should have acted quicker in dealing with this situation. Could they not have held their own investigation in the immediate aftermath of the incident and try to mediate between the two parties involved? The court case has been moved to the end of the season: this is just prolonging the incident for everyone and brings more media attention of the scandal. They should also have consulted with Capello and brought a united front to the captaincy issue. This situation is getting very drawn out now and needs a quick resolution
If there is one lesson to be learned from this it is that the FA is an organisation that needs to be changed and people with more football knowledge should have power positions rather than the suits who are conspiring to ruin the game for all of us football fans.