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FA fails to lead (again)

Posted By thesportingmouth On Dec 23 2011 @ 2:26 pm In England,Soccer | No Comments

And so it continues.

The FA have yet again failed to provide any sensible moral leadership after the announcement by the CPS on Wednesday that they will be pressing charges against John Terry for racial abuse. This blog has made it’s position clear on John Terry and his inadequacies as England captain so we’ll turn our attention instead to this latest abdication of responsibility by the FA.

Let’s assume for the purposes of the argument that the FA are the board of a corporate entity and that John Terry is their CEO. Let’s imagine that this entity is a public company employing thousands of people and that their shareholders are the biggest public pension funds in the country and thus represent ordinary men & women from all walks of life.

Now lets imagine that one of the employees makes a complaint that the CEO has called him a “black c**t” and that a number of fellow employees have witnessed the incident. Based on the above scenario my question is this, would the corporate board:

 a) Put out a statement saying innocent until proven guilty and that the CEO will remain in position pending the outcome of a criminal process.

or

b) Immediately suspend the CEO pending the criminal process on the basis that as the CPS believe there is a case to answer their CEO’s position is at least temporarily untenable.    

The answer is so obvious that even my 9 year old can work it out and it is baffling that the FA seem to think that their “innocent until proven guilty” stance is anything but a cop out. The England captain should be a shining example of moral & behavioural standards in English football and even though the current incumbent has breached these requirements on numerous occasions surely a criminal charge is the alarm bell that will jolt the FA into some sensible action by at least suspending him from England duty pending the outcome of the criminal case. There is clear evidence that the huge amounts of money in English football are creating a moral vacuum and it is in this environment that we need strong, considered and brave leadership – instead we get the FA with their indecisive, weak and morally empty response.

I don’t dream of England success in Euro 2012, I’d much rather see strong leadership emerge at the FA and with it a team that I can be proud of, win or lose.

 

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