SPORT TALK: Don’t judge Terry yet, boring Match Of The Day and South Holland ‘clasico’

Race row: Chelsea skipper John Terry. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Race row: Chelsea skipper John Terry. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
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THE John Terry race row is a delicate issue. But I bet I’m not the only one getting a little bored of it.

The fact that a statement released by Anton Ferdinand, which confirmed he wouldn’t actually be saying anything, was deemed big news this week is beyond me.

Racism has no part in modern society. But let’s wait for the matter to be resolved before condemning anybody.

Terry may be an unsavoury character at best, but he’s not been charged with anything yet, as far as I’m aware.

As a sporting nation in general, we should be proud of how far we’ve come when it comes to racism, though.

Coloured players are regularly booed or subject to obscene ‘monkey noises’ in parts of Spain, Russia and other Eastern European nations. Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos even had a banana thrown at him after signing for Russian side Anzhi.

Thankfully we’re now in a position to condemn such archaic antics.

•TERRY played his part in the game of the season on Saturday – but it’ll be one he’d rather forget.

Arsenal’s stunning 5-3 win at Chelsea encapsulated everything that’s great about the Premier League this season.

Robin van Persie and co served up a real lunchtime feast at Stamford Bridge and it was the perfect way to start the sporting weekend.

With that in mind, why did Alan Hansen and Gary Neville see fit to talk about nothing but poor defending?

OK, both sides were a little naive and Petr Cech won’t want to see the three goals that beat him at his near post again, but who cares?

Neville’s new to the whole pundit thing, but Hansen has been boring the pants off the nation for what seems like an eternity.

Along with smug duo Mark Lawrenson and Gary Lineker, they’ve made Match Of The Day a programme best viewed on Sky+.

The relentless in-jokes and boring analysis now get the fast-forward treatment in my household.

•I’M off next week, but I’ll be back in time for the second ‘South Holland clasico’ of the season between Spalding United and Holbeach United on November 15.

It’ll be the first time I’ve covered a match between the duo in four years at the paper – and I can’t wait.