English football 'damaged' by John Terry racism case

Updated: 19 October 2012 16:18 IST

The head of English football says the game's reputation in the country has been "damaged" by the year-long racism case involving John Terry, highlighting the urgent work needed to be undertaken to combat the issue.

London:

The head of English football says the game's reputation in the country has been "damaged" by the year-long racism case involving John Terry, highlighting the urgent work needed to be undertaken to combat the issue.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein says "it is a shame that one high-profile incident has had such a major impact," despite the strides English football has taken to address racism and improve equality in recent years.

Bernstein says "the damage of this affair is not irreparable, but ... there are still many lessons to be learnt in the wider fight against racial abuse."

Terry, the captain of Premier League club Chelsea, accepted a four-match ban Thursday for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last October.

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