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Terry apology too late

It has taken John Terry, the Chelsea captain, almost a whole year to apologise for the words he used during his altercation with Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender, during a properly volatile London derby.

It has also been 12 months that have shamed English football's global stance against all forms of racism.

This saga cost England the services of the Italian Fabio Capello as the national team manager. Tax payers’ money was also used in the ultimately unsuccessful prosecution of the case by the Crown Prosecution Service.

It has also led to the ending of John Terry's international career. Of course, it is also what has led to Rio Ferdinand's international career being over despite all manner of whitewash Roy Hodgson is trying to employ.

However, all these damages would have been avoided had Terry apologised to Anton Ferdinand immediately after the off duty police officer reported the matter and when TV footage showed clearly what he was saying to Anton.

Chelsea fans can bury their heads in the sand or put on the blinkers in defence of their wonderful captain but it must be noted that at NO time did the QPR defender make any complaint and he even did say that he never heard the words Terry used.

For the record, I believe 100 per cent that John Terry is NOT a racist. What he has shown however, is an arrogance and selfishness that has served nobody in the end.

It is also very sad to notice that nowhere in his apology did John Terry apologise to Anton Ferdinand. Seriously, what is that about?

Unfortunately, with the behaviour of those serial offenders Serbia during the week at a European Under-21 game, the issue will remain at the forefront – as it should seeing that Uefa and Fifa only play lip service to it all.

Uefa just fined Lazio €40 000 during the week for the racist chanting against the Spurs players while they were ready to fine Nicklas Bendtner twice that amount for showing sponsored underwear during the Euro 2012. Make of that what you will.

Anyway, by lunchtime in the UK football will break out as leaders Chelsea visit White Hart Lane for a wonderfully poised match. AVB, despite whatever he might try to say, must be looking forward to this match.

It is a tricky tie for Chelsea but they are in confident mood and form but they will be without the now suspended Terry. I sincerely believe that Spurs can mount a serious title challenge, especially after their victory at Old Trafford. There is no better game than this to let everyone accept that they are going to go for it.

Elsewhere, Liverpool's striker problems got worse as Borini fractured his foot. The manager still will not recall Carroll back from West Ham. Man United entertain the giants of Stoke while Arsenal visit winless Norwich.

The Champions, Man City, will visit in form West Brom with an eye on their midweek vital Champions League match with Ajax. City will be hoping that they can just be around the mix of the title race as they negotiate their tough Champions League group and then come out on the other side firing on all cylinders after December.

I am not expecting any shock results this weekend but, hey, this is football and strange things always happen in this game.

Twitter handle @CalvinEmeka

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