John Terry Ban a Farce According to QPR Midfielder Joey Barton

Troubled Loftus Road man angered by four match ban handed to Chelsea skipper.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has called the Football Association’s punishment of John Terry a “shambles”.

Chelsea captain Terry was given a four-match ban and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
But Barton says the FA should be “embarrassed”, claiming there is a major discrepancy between the 12-match suspension he received for violent conduct and Terry’s penalty.

“What an absolute farce,” tweeted Barton, who is on loan with Marseille.

Barton, who played in the Premier League match last October in which Terry abused Ferdinand, was handed his ban following QPR’s game at Manchester City on the final day of last season.

Barton, 30, said that by the “FA’s perverse reckoning” he would have “got less of a ban for racially abusing the Man City players than tickling them like I did”. He added: “In what circumstances can that be right?”


Much as we would like to disagree with Joey Barton, as would anyone, one has to question the length of bans handed by FA for various offences. Indeed John Terry’s ban is just one game longer than a standard straight red card, does that make sense? Isn’t football trying to eradicate racism from the game, surely in order to do so the powers that be has to be seen to be making a stand.

Mind you when you consider that Nicklas Bendtner was fined £80k for showing his Paddy Power underwear but FC Porto were ordered to pay just £16k as a punishment for the racist behaviour of their fans, so this kind of confused attitude to racism in the game is nothing new.

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