By Josh Powell
John Terry went on trial today accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in October last year.
The pair clashed during QPR’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League last season with 31-year-old Terry denying the claims.
If found guilty the former England captain will face a maximum fine of £2500 for a public order offence.
On his current £150,000-a-week deal at Chelsea JT would only have to work for two hours and 48 minutes to pay off the fine which seems a considerably light punishment when you consider the following:
- Nicklas Bendtner was fined a whopping £80,000 for flashing his Paddy Power lucky pants after scoring against Germany in Euro 2012. On his £50,000-a-week deal at Arsenal it would take the Dane 11 days, four hours and 48 minutes to work off.
- In 1999 the FA and Liverpool hit Robbie Fowler with a combined £92,000 fine for bringing the game into disrepute after an altercation with Graham Le Saux and his infamous celebration against Everton. At the time the Anfield legendwas thought to be on £32,000-a-week so it would have taken him 20 days and three hours to pay off.
- Remember when Eric Cantona planted a kung-fu kick onto Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons in 1995? The Frenchman had to fork out £30,000 in total fines to the FA and Manchester United which would have taken him three weeks.
- Joey Barton found himself in a bit of bother on the last day of the season as he elbowed Carlo Tevez, kicked Sergio Aguero and then tried to nut Vinny Kompany. For his mad antics Barton was fined six weeks wages by QPR and £75,000 by the FA coming to a total payment of a massive £495,000. That tasty sum is going to take Mr Barton seven weeks and half a day to work off.
It appears for the time being that even if he is found guilty at Westminster Magistrates John Terry will have got off fairly lightly.
But you can expect the FA to wade in with some healthy punishment themsleves when the criminal case comes to close if Terry is deemed to have racially abused Ferdinand.
Luis Suarez was hit with a £40,000 fine and an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and if Terry is found guilty he could be looking at something similar, if not worse, which would seriously hamper Chelsea’s season.