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Friday, July 13, 2012
The trial into whether John Terry racially abused rival Anton Ferdinand on the football pitch painted the sport in the worst possible light, a former Chelsea player said.
Paul Elliot, who is an ambassador for anti-racism campaign Kick It Out, spoke after Chelsea skipper Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing his QPR rival.
The verdict meant the former England skipper walked from Westminster Magistrates Court with no stain on his reputation.
“There’s no winners in this situation. Football’s a wonderful way for people to express themselves, break down barriers, challenge a lot of areas around all forms of discrimination and prejudices, so it’s very sad we’re here today witnessing this sad and sorry outcome,” Elliot told Sky Sports News.
“It’s about learning the lessons and ensuring that this type of situation doesn’t come into a court again.”
“I was a player that was engaged in the ugliness of the late 70s and early 80s and it’s regrettable that in the 21st century we’re here actually discussing these issues.
“There’s big challenges ahead, there’s no doubt about that. I think it’s important the footballing family embraces that, works collectively, educates people and puts in a lot of resources to ensure the fight continues.”