The Football Association has been strongly criticised by the head of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network for their handling of the John Terry racial abuse case.

The Chelsea captain has accepted a four-match ban from the FA for racially abusing QPR defender Ferdinand in October last year. It is the second high-profile case in the English game in recent months, with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez banned for eight matches last season for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

Piara Powar, executive director of FARE, said: "What the FA did with Suarez was absolutely the right way to deal with the situation but with Terry it took too long, the punishment was inconsistent with the Suarez sanction and the mess included inappropriate statements from the England head coach, who basically seemed to support him."

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