Featured Matches
Previous
St Patricks
Legia Warsaw
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
San Jose
Chicago
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Thun
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Bolívar
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Instituto de Córdoba
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
Portland Thorns FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Dinamo Tbilisi
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
FK Ventspils
Malmo FF
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rabotnicki Kometal
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
Stromsgodset
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
NK Maribor
Zrinjski Mostar
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
St Patricks
Legia Warsaw
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
FC Aarau
FC Sion Sitten
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Thun
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
San Jose
Chicago
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Antonio Scorpions
Carolina RailHawks
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Bolívar
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Instituto de Córdoba
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Defensa y Justicia
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Ceará
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Avaí
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
ABC
Novo Hamburgo
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Botafogo da Paraiba
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
CR Vasco da Gama
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Bahia
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Sport Huancayo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
Postp
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
Postp
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Postp
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
Postp
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
Postp
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
FC Tokyo
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Shimizu S-Pulse
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Kawasaki Frontale
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kashiwa Reysol
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Urawa Red Diamonds
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vantforet Kofu
Cerezo Osaka
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Nagoya Grampus Eight
10:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe
10:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
Portland Thorns FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Sep 30, 2012

FA handling of Terry case questioned

The former FA chairman Lord Triesman has voiced fears that black players will feel let down by the way the association handled the John Terry racism case.

• Taylor: FA let case fester

Terry, 31, was banned for four games and fined £220,000 after an FA panel found him guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a match at Loftus Road in October.

The former England defender had been cleared of the offence after a court case in the summer. He had denied the charge, and may appeal against the FA verdict.

At Westminster magistrates court in July, he was found not guilty after the prosecution was unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a "f****** black c***'' as an insult. He claimed to have been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

Triesman indicated that he did not believe Terry, who announced his retirement from international football the day before the FA hearing began, should have played for England while the court case was still pending.

"I take a fairly hard view and I think we should have zero tolerance," he told BBC Radio Five's Sportsweek programme. He said he would have "preferred" it if the defender had not represented his country while awaiting the court case.

"However good he is - and I have no doubt about the quality of the player - I really think, as you look around the country and talk to black players, what you will find is they respect him as a player but they really feel let down because they don't feel the line has been drawn clearly enough."

He also said the delay of almost a year between the incident at Loftus Road and an FA verdict on Terry was wrong.

"The delay, the fact it has taken a year, is unconscionable," he said. "You shouldn't have any kind of system which has got a judicial, judgmental element, which takes this long because it gives the impression people are indifferent to the issues. And people shouldn't be indifferent to the issues.

"I can't for the life of me see why the FA couldn't have proceeded before the court case. Sports bodies do have the capacity to act earlier [than courts] to demonstrate their leadership, and they should have done so.

"I know some people will say [that] if you have any hearing it's likely to prejudice the outcome of the court case, but I think the application of the rules of the game is an issue for the body that controls the game - and those should be dealt with in a timely way.

"I just wonder what impression it gives to the rest of the world, and particularly to those players from ethnic communities who do face abuse, sadly - less than they used to, but still do face abuse - I wonder what it says to them if it takes a year to get to this stage."

Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) also voiced concern at the length of time taken by the FA to address the issue, and executive director Piara Powar said: "There are two key issues - one is the sanction itself and the other the time it's taken.

"It really is unforgivable that an offence that took place during a game 11 months ago has taken this long to come to a governance hearing.

"Of course, the FA will say there was a criminal trial and there was a request from John Terry's lawyers to postpone, but the two processes are entirely different.

"The almost year-long wait, the drawn-out saga, has done quite a lot of damage."

He said football now had to address the challenge of repairing its reputation and moving forward "in a positive way".

And he questioned the disparity between the eight-game ban given to Luis Suarez after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and the four-game ban handed to Terry.

"It doesn't sound very consistent - that I'm sure of," he said. "I suppose we'll all have to wait to see the written reasoning to see if there's a material difference between the two cases.

"If I was asked to guess [why the inconsistency], I'd think the dignity with which [chairman] Bruce Buck and the guys at Chelsea have handled this may well be in sharp contrast to the way Liverpool handled the Suarez case, which I thought was a masterclass in how not to do it."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.