Queens Park Rangers owner criticises Terry case delay

Updated: 24 March 2012 13:51 IST

Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes on Saturday criticised the lengthy adjournment of John Terry's racial abuse court case as the furore continues to hang over his club.

Queens Park Rangers owner criticises Terry case delay
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Sepang, Malaysia:

Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes on Saturday criticised the lengthy adjournment of John Terry's racial abuse court case as the furore continues to hang over his club.

Fernandes, spoke to AFP ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, kept an open mind on whether alleged victim Anton Ferdinand should shake the hand of Chelsea's Terry when the teams meet again on April 29.

But he said the case's adjournment until July 9, after Euro 2012, which wraps up eight days earlier, had made life difficult for all parties. Terry denies racially abusing Ferdinand during a game in October.

"Let's wait till the day and see what happens," Fernandes, who also owns the Caterham Formula One team, said of the handshake when QPR play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"The court case should have been done by now," he added. "To be fair to John Terry, to be fair on Anton, to be fair on the paying public. It shouldn't have been delayed."

The case has had wide-ranging repercussions. In February, Fabio Capello resigned as England manager after the Football Association (FA) stripped Terry of the national team's armband.

In January, the FA cancelled the traditional pre-match handshake for QPR's FA Cup clash with Chelsea after it emerged players were planning to snub Terry.

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