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Triesman baffled at length of Chelsea defender Terry's ban

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman says he cannot understand why John Terry was given a lesser ban than Liverpool's Luis Suarez for racially abusing an opponent, reports BBC Sport. The FA Commission said the Chelsea captain got a lesser ban because the "racist insult was issued only once".

"It may be when you look at all the detail they thought there were reasons for [it]. I can't see it," he said.

Terry was banned for four games and fined £220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Suarez received an eight-match ban for the same offence against Patrice Evra last year but Suarez was found to have repeatedly used an abusive word when talking to the Manchester United defender.

"He's within his rights to appeal. My own view is that it would be more sensible to apologise and accept it's not a good standard," he said.

"I just don't believe in this day and age that anybody can think that it's OK, and that you don't owe an apology, not least to the other player."

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