Belfast Telegraph

Ouseley wants transparency from Blues

Chelsea came under fire on Thursday for keeping their punishment of John Terry secret after the defender accepted a four-match ban and £220,000 fine from the Football Association for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

The club are understood to have handed Terry a further fine but he will remain as club captain and will not have any further suspension. Chelsea have insisted that their internal action against Terry will remain confidential, as have past disciplinary cases involving their players.

But Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of football's equality group Kick It Out, said: "I believe Chelsea need to be open about the action they have taken. A lot of people will be dissatisfied that Chelsea have not been much more up front about the standards they set and the values they have."

He went on: "If they are not prepared to say, it will further damage the trust of those people who still have suspicions about Chelsea's sincerity in dealing this matter.

"I do welcome what they have said, but they need to be saying more and doing more if they are going to win back the confidence of people who have lost trust in them rather than to sit back and be silent."

Terry has apologised for the language he used towards Ferdinand, although he does not specifically direct his apology to Ferdinand.

Chelsea released a statement on Thursday saying that Terry's language was not acceptable.

The statement said: "The board has taken further disciplinary action in addition to the four-match suspension and £220,000 fine imposed by the FA. In accordance with our long-standing policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential."

Chelsea added: "Chelsea Football Club believes John Terry has made the correct decision by not appealing against the FA judgment relating to language he used at the QPR match last October.

"Chelsea also appreciates, and supports, John's full apology for the language he used. The club firmly believes such language is not acceptable and fell below the standards expected of John as a Chelsea player."


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