Independent: Captain, leader, legend, racist
Comment from Sam Wallace: Had Terry been found guilty in July of the racially aggravated abuse charge against him, his reputation would have been all but destroyed. He could not have been described as a racist per se, senior judge Howard Riddle was clear about that, but he would have been guilty of having made a racist comment, a stain that would be difficult to wash off. The truth is that the FA charge will matter much less to Terry. Anyone with the slightest understanding of the procedure will know that the burden of proof in court was the criminal standard – beyond reasonable doubt – while with the independent regulatory commission at Wembley it was the civil standard, the balance of probabilities. Terry might not have been able to do the legal double, but Westminster will always trump Wembley.
Guardian: John Terry will find the stigma of racism sticks like a tick to a dog
Daniel Taylor: His reputation has suffered potentially irreparable damage with this judgment.
Daily Mirror: Not a stitch-up or a conspiracy
Martin Lipton: It's a process. A process ALL the clubs have signed up to, approved, agreed. That's ALL clubs. Liverpool, United and Chelsea as well as the rest. As well as the Premier League, the League Managers Association, the Professional Footballers' Association. Everyone. The truth is simple. Like Luis Suarez, John Terry was judged under the FA rules and regulations. Both cases were prosecuted by the FA disciplinary department after an investigation. Both had their cases assessed by a panel drawn from a pool whose composition was approved by all clubs. And both were found to have breached the regulations and were punished accordingly.
Daily Mail: John, don’t fall into Suarez trap... just say sorry
Martin Samuel: So, as expected, John Terry did not successfully call heads eight times in a row and has been found guilty of using racially aggravated language by the Football Association. He now has two choices. He can say sorry, try to move on and hope that others will let him; or he pick at this like a festering sore until it risks poisoning his entire system. This is known as the Luis Suarez option. Correctly calling heads eight times straight carries the same probability as getting off an FA charge, and Terry may well go to his grave protesting his innocence in this matter.
Daily Star: John Terry IS a racial yob – FA
Paul Robins: Football bad-boy John Terry faced a furious fans’ backlash last night after being banned for just four games for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Seething fans branded the meagre punishment, laid down after a four-day FA hearing, “pathetic.” Terry’s ban means he will miss just one more match than if he had been given a standard red card.
Daily Telegraph: John Terry should say ‘sorry’ to underline meaning of football role model
Paul Elliott: The Football Association, as our game’s governing body and regulator, has given us its judgment in one of the highest-profile incidents football has endured for several years. John Terry joins Luis Suarez in being banned for what he has said on the field of play, and players can now be in no doubt that the FA will act. Until recently, we in this country had been correctly perceived as one of the leaders in promoting diversity in the global game. What this incident shows is we also have our issues. Make no mistake: this is not just about John Terry. It is for the kid kicking a ball on the street. It is for that child’s education, for his home life, for his school. It is for all of us.
The Sun: JT verdict is crazy – it just doesn’t make sense
Ian Wright: I accept there were differences between the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra case and this one — even though they both involved racist comments. At no stage did I expect to see exactly the same punishment. Suarez received an eight-game ban plus a £40,000 fine. I expected Terry to get something like a six-match suspension. But what appears crazy is that Terry has received HALF the ban but nearly SIX TIMES the fine. It doesn’t make sense.
Daily Express: You’re lucky to be in a job, John Terry
Mick Dennis: John Terry is nursing his sense of grievance today, much like Luis Suarez has for months. But both men should consider themselves fortunate. Terry thinks that, having been found not guilty of the criminal charge of racially insulting Anton Ferdinand, it is a travesty that an FA tribunal has convicted him of an essentially similar allegation. Suarez still harbours the belief that his FA conviction for racially insulting Patrice Evra was unfair. And now, because Terry has been banned for a shorter period, Suarez and his sympathisers will whinge once more. Yet both Terry and Suarez could, and perhaps should, have been sacked. In many walks of life, being found guilty by a professional body of racially abusing someone doing the same job would lead to instant dismissal.