Hopefully (but certainly not at all) putting an end to every single forum/YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/bathroom graffiti comment which claimed the FA hates Liverpool and Luis Suarez because it charged him with racial abuse and not John Terry, despite every single news article reminding dull-witted readers that Terry would likely be charged once his criminal trial had finished, the FA charged John Terry today.
JUST LIKE IT SAID IT MIGHT.
Terry denies the charges outright, and wants a private meeting, to talk things through mano a suited mano.
Still, because it’s the FA, and because reading fine-print or accepting these are difficult, nuanced cases that require care and careful consideration reflecting the seriousness of the charges, pundits will tell you today that the FA are cowards, have bungled this whole thing somehow, have dug their own graves, etc., it’s all their fault, they hate my club. Much of this because Terry will still be able to play for England while the investigation takes place, or something else they haven’t spotted yet.
Some will also attempt to make the erroneous comparison between state justice and a Soccer Association (that’s right—soccer), meaning that if the latter does not follow the guidelines of the former, then there is no justice in our time.
Some will simply write an obligatory reaction piece because, well, it’s part of their job on a lovely Friday afternoon, and remind you that had the state not intervened in a matter involving the careless abuse of the democratic privilege of free speech (even if that speech is yelly and racist), the FA could have dealt with this much more quickly in a manner better geared to effective punitive action where it counts (the football pitch), without being second guessed by a nation confused as to how the FA can charge someone when the state has left them off (hint: one is a court of justice, the other runs the game of kick ball).