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SBD Global/July 16, 2012/International Football

Players' Union Calls For Players To Be Sent Off For Abusive Language

The fallout from the John Terry court case "looks likely to bring major changes" to English football, with the players' asking for their own members to be sent off if they engage in foul or abusive language to each other, according to Mihir Bose of the London INDEPENDENT. As the FA considered whether to charge Chelsea's Terry and QPR's Anton Ferdinand for their "expletive-ridden language," Professional Footballers Association Chair Clarke Carlisle "urged them to consider major changes to the sanctions for swearing." Carlisle: "At present a red card for foul and abusive language is only shown when a player abuses match officials. What the FA should do is order referees to show the red card even when players abuse each other." He added, "For a period this will cause mayhem, but there can be no progress without a struggle." Today, not many black players "want to talk openly about this." Former player who "suffered much racial abuse in the bad days of the Eighties" and current FA consultant and Chair of the quango Sporting Equals, who promote ethnic diversity, Brendan Batson said, "There is a lot of unhappiness and frustration among the current crop of black players at the lack of progress since black players began to be integrated in the Seventies" (INDEPENDENT, 7/15).
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