Stamford Bridge boss backs possible rule change.
Roberto Di Matteo has vowed Chelsea would adhere to any rule change that would see players sacked for racist abuse, despite their refusal to force John Terry out of the club.
The Chelsea manager was coy about whether he fully endorsed the Professional Footballers’ Association’s six-point plan to combat racism, which has been drawn up in the wake of the Terry scandal. But he insisted Chelsea would follow it to the letter if it had the backing of the majority of clubs.
He said: “It’s a difficult one. If the majority believe that we need a law like that then, as I said, we will obey it and support it. If it will become a rule, we will play by the rules, as we have always done. As a club, we are against any kind of discrimination and, if it does go through then, we will support it.”
Chelsea came under heavy fire for merely fining Terry after he was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand just over a year ago. The various punishments meted out to their captain prompted a backlash among some black players towards both the club and the anti-racism movement.
So by this benchmark, wouldn’t that mean Chelsea would have had to consider sacking John Terry? The Stamford Bridge centre-back was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand so would that mean the West London side would have supported a ruling to sack the offender?
John Terry has just started his four match ban for that offence and handed a club fine but did however keep the Chelsea captaincy.
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