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May 28, 2012 by  
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Football has a moral duty to clean up its act and quickly

English footballers continue to score own goals, as players such as John Terry and Ashley Cole heap shame and ridicule upon the beautiful game.

I can only applaud the Observer for devoting the whole of its Sport front page (“John Terry and Ashley Cole have shamed Chelsea and embarrassed English football”, Sport) to comment on the issues of racism, responsibility and respect within our national game.

The paper is certainly right to question the positions of these two professional footballers. I agree that Ashley Cole can no longer represent his country. He was accused of lying by the FA and then had the ignorant audacity canada goose coat 1000 bulbs lamps to insult the game’s governing body via one of the world’s largest public forums.

John Terry took the best place to buy a canada goose jacket easy route, relinquishing his position in the England team before he was sacked. The FA and Chelsea now have an opportunity to send out a forceful message authentic canada goose outlet online to all sections of the game: players, canada goose coat 1000 managers, officials and, most importantly, the fans – that no individual is bigger than the game itself.

If necessary, related site if the offence committed is so severe, bringing the whole game into disrepute, the offending players must be sacked.

Mike Hobbins



Your paper seems to be very angry with John Terry and Ashley Cole and this seems to have clouded your judgment. This in turn has angered and disappointed me as I previously respected your impartiality. I write as buy canada goose parka uk a lover of football, a supporter of Chelsea and with a wish to see fair play.

Your editorial was intemperate and inaccurate and seemed based on careless, rabblerousing journalism. What made you advocate a campaign to canada goose coat 1000 calorie meal plans further discredit two footballers who have erred but not sinned?

Consider. The FA has publicly stated that John Terry is not a racist. Ashley Cole tweeted angrily when effectively accused of lying at the independent inquiry. It is a pity your unnamed writer of the front page did not read the article by Paul Wilson on page 3, which offers a more balanced view of the affair.

In essence, one footballer swore at another. Take the word black out and it would all have been over a year ago.

Ron Ellis



In many ways, devoting the front page of your Sport section to a condemnation of canada goose coat 0f Chelsea FC’s appalling behaviour in defence of John Terry was both brave and forthright. For long-time students of the game, though, it had all the shock value of a revelation that the Pope has an interest in Catholicism.

One of the vilest scenes I have witnessed in 50 years of watching football occurred at Crystal Palace’s ground in the early 1980s.

As Chelsea’s black substitute, Paul Canoville, started to warm up, the Chelsea fans, who can you wash canada goose jacket were the majority inside the ground, erupted en masse, giving Nazi salutes, hurling filthy racist insults at him and singing: “We’re the only white team in London.” This was no momentary aberration, for Stamford Bridge had long been a fertile recruiting ground for the National Front.

John Brazier


Your article on John Terry was shocking and insulting. How canada goose coat 0f can a national Sunday paper repeat a footballer’s obscenities in print, and not once but three times? Your commentators and staff should never complain about increasing violence and the bad behaviour of youngsters especially, if you canada goose coat – kensington show no consideration yourself about what can be explicit and what not.

Whatever is available on the internet is not all printable, you might agree. It is up to the individual to read it or not. But it does not give the editor carte blanche to print it all. You could have indicated the words Terry used.

Mrs U Forinton


Co Cork


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