Neil Warnock (QPR Manager) suggested that the Chelsea fans that racially abused Anton Ferdinand should spend two years in jail. Warnock made his suggestions which were published in The Telegraph.
Warnock made his declarations in spite of the promises of Chelsea FC that the tormentors will be punished. Warnock refused to believe the promises of Chelsea at face value saying that its is a part of life.
Warnock commented about people who look the other way when abusive chants are present in matches. Warnock even talked about how some of the authors of the abusive chants have "hatred in their eyes".
While congratulating Chelsea on its decision to tackle (directly) the incident of the abusive chants, Warnock's suggestion merits a review. The abusive chants or any form of racism should be punished regardless of its origins.
The idea of jail time does not seem like a bad idea but it should be used in case of actual violence. The example of jail with further punishment was applied recently in Romania.
The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) punished FC Petrolul Ploiesti with a $19,000 fine and an order to play its next six matches in an empty stadium. FC Petrolul Ploiesti has since appealed the FRF ruling.
The decision by the FRF to punish FC Petrolul Ploiesti was based on one of its fans assaulting one of the Steaua Bucuresti players. The assailant was sent to jail for 29 days until he is set for trial.
It remains to be seen what will transpire in this latest incident between Chelsea and QPR as well as John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.