Former pro and current pundit claims Terry can be inspired by Liverpool striker and must acknowledge his Ferdinand mistake.
'If [John] Terry needs inspiration, he can find it in Luis Suarez's redemption at Liverpool,' those are the words of talkSPORT pundit and Bleacher Report columnist Stan Collymore, 43, who lauds the Englishman's form this season and heralds the Gary Cahill partnership at Chelsea as the best possible duo Roy Hodgson's Three Lions could field at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
For Terry to redeem his character, he must acknowledge he made an error and that he was racially insensitive toward Anton Ferdinand, writes Collymore, who refers to an on-pitch incident involving Chelsea and the then-Queens Park Rangers player in November, 2011.
Suarez, too, has been found guilty by the FA for racially abusing Patrice Evra - claims he, at the time, denied. Then, 18 months later, he notoriously bit Branislav Ivanovic and was consequently hit with a ten-game suspension. After issuing public apologies, the Liverpool star has gone on to, this season, net 23 times and assist 14 goals, an extraordinary strike efficiency of a goal/assist every 46 minutes he is on a Premier League pitch.
'Suarez has made his mistakes and paid the price, but we're back talking about him as a genius this season,' commented Collymore, before moving on to his recommendation for the Chelsea captain: 'When it comes to Terry, the onus is not on Roy Hodgson. England's manager is in a very difficult situation, with Terry having been found guilty of racist abuse by the FA—as per CNN—yet not guilty of racist abuse by a court of law, as per The Telegraph.'
Collymore continued: 'Terry needs to make a statement admitting he was wrong. He needs to admit he said those words to Anton Ferdinand, tell the world he made an awful mistake in the heat of the battle and that's he sorry.
'He should reach out to Ferdinand also. All it would take is a phone call, with Terry explaining himself, making his apology and standing behind it publicly. It's not an easy thing to do, but it's the right thing to do.
'The road to redemption begins there.'
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