Pearce in racism storm
10 February 2012, 16:14
Cape Town - The England football team was plunged into a new racism
storm on Thursday night after Stuart Pearce was named as caretaker
manager following Fabio Capello's resignation, according to a report in The Sun.
Pearce, 49, had to apologise to Paul Ince for allegedly racially
abusing him when both were players. The incident bears striking similarities to the racist rant charge facing John
Terry, stripped of the England captaincy pending his court case.
Football Association's decision to remove the armband from Terry led to
Capello quitting on Wednesday.
Pearce, playing for Nottingham Forest, allegedly made the comments to
Manchester United's Ince - an England colleague - during a Premier League
game at Old Trafford in 1994.
It prompted the Professional Footballers' Association - running an anti-racism
campaign at the time - to intervene. PFA chief Gordon Taylor said then:
"Stuart will be ringing Paul to apologise.
"Stuart regrets what he said. It was in the heat of the moment. He wants to
make sure everybody knows he is sorry."
England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce's alleged race row is a further
embarrassment to the FA, whose spokesperson Adrian Bevington refused to
comment. Chairman David Bernstein called Pearce a "first-class" caretaker
and did not rule out a permanent post.