Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has called into question the English FA’s decision to charge John Terry with using racist language and their continued persecution of the former England captain.
Grant has come out strongly in recent days, stating the FA need to leave the matter in question alone and to not charge John Terry.
“Nobody thinks John Terry is a racist. The FA need to leave it,” Grant said.
“I think the message was clear and I don’t think they need to charge him. For the FA, the more important thing is the message that it will not have racism in sport.”
Terry recently announced his retirement from international football due to the on-going hearing at FA headquarters where he continually denies the allegation of “using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour” towards Anton Ferdinand in a game against QPR on 23 October 2011.
And while the Chelsea captain was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in July the FA have mounted their own investigation after the criminal proceedings were concluded.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live former Blues boss Grant said:
“John likes to fight and he’s very passionate about the national team so I was surprised. But he’s not a child, he knows what he’s doing.
“One thing I must say about JT is that he’s not a racist, that’s for sure. He’s a good man.
“He respects everybody, he’s good with people and I was very surprised that people thought bad things about him.”
The independent panel are examining the FA charge against Terry, which includes an accusation that he also used “a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race” of Ferdinand.