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John Terry's comments towards Anton Ferdinand were racist, despite the Chelsea captain being cleared of any crime, according to the mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
The England defender was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence on Friday.
Asked by MPs about the race row, Doreen Lawrence said:
"Regardless of the outcome of that judgement, I feel that his behaviour is something that should not be seen as anything more than a racist thing and that should have been addressed straight away and not left hanging for months.
"Young people still see him and hold him as one of their heroes and that's not right."
Ms Lawrence spoke as she gave evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee about the Independent Police Complaints Commission
Ms Lawrence sat in the public gallery during Terry's trial last week.
Former footballer and BBC presenter Garth Crooks argued Terry should still face action from the FA despite his defence.
The Football Association has been urged to punish John Terry despite the Chelsea captain being cleared of hurling racial abuse at another player.
The FA have said they will study the findings of the court case before deciding whether or not to bring any proceedings against the 31-year-old.
Terry was acquitted of a racially aggravated public order offence by chief magistrate Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Sketches from inside court as Chelsea and England defender John Terry is cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand:
Anton Ferdinand made no comment to reporters as he joined his QPR team mates to take a flight from Heathrow this evening.
John Terry's PR representative Phil Hall has tweeted:
The Daily Telegraph's football correspondent Henry Winter and The Daily Star's chief sports writer Brian Woolnough have tweeted:
Former Labour Cabinet Minister, Chelsea fan and anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain has tweeted:
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The pre-match handshakes before QPR play Chelsea at Loftus Road tomorrow must take place, the Premier League have announced.
Chelsea and England defender John Terry has been cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.