Culture secretary urges football authorities to do more to tackle foul-mouthed players in wake of John Terry trial
Swearing on the football pitch has "gone too far" and the sport's authorities should do more to tackle it, according to Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary.
Hunt's comments came after John Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence on Friday at Westminster magistrates court.
It was alleged the Chelsea captain had maliciously called Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand a "fucking black cunt" during a match on 23 October last year.
Terry's trial revealed foul-mouthed exchanges between the two players during the match to widespread public condemnation.
Hunt said something must be done as footballers needed to set an example for young people.
He told ITV's Daybreak: "I do know a little bit about this because I'm a qualified football referee. I've been at the receiving end of it and I do think that it has gone too far.
"I would like to see the football authorities do more because I think we just have to recognise that football has huge influence on thousands and thousands of young people and we do need footballers to set an example."
Terry won what was one of the biggest battles of his sporting life after the chief magistrate, Howard Riddle, said an acquittal was the only verdict he could reach.
The district judge said that despite the abundance of TV footage there was no way to be sure what Terry had said. Read More
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