David Bernstein feels it is time to move on from the John Terry racism saga
Football Association chairman David Bernstein says it is time for English football to move on from the John Terry saga.
Last Updated: 19/10/12 9:28am
Terry has decided not to appeal against his four-match ban and £220,000 fine for abusing Ferdinand and Chelsea say they have taken their own disciplinary action against their captain.
Bernstein hopes English football can now move on and insists the FA will continue to combat racism.
"The decision by John Terry not to appeal his FA charge hopefully brings to a close a difficult period for the domestic game in England in which, unfortunately, the reputation of English football has been damaged," he said in a statement on the FA's official website.
"It is a shame that one high profile incident has had such a major impact. But this single event should not be allowed to overshadow the massive strides taken by players, managers, clubs, leagues and so many across the national game in terms of equality and inclusion.
"The damage of this affair is not irreparable, but as events this week have shown there are still many lessons to be learnt in the wider fight against racial abuse and discrimination of all types. No player should suffer the intolerable abuse the likes of which Danny Rose was subjected to in Serbia.
"Domestically The FA has ultimate responsibility for the leadership of the game at every level and I, personally, remain determined to lead English football in this fight.
"This coming fortnight's 'Kick It Out' campaign is a valuable reminder of the strength of the game when addressing these issues together, and it is this positivity that our game must harness.
"We must now draw a line under this matter. However, we too will learn from the case."