EPL chief: Racism cases haven't harmed league

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LONDON (AP) -- Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists the spate of recent racism cases has not harmed the English game, claiming that other countries might not have acted so decisively.

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is serving an eight-game suspension for racially abusing a black opponent, while Chelsea captain John Terry will appear in court next month on a charge of making a racist insult during another league match in October.

Asked if the league's brand had been damaged by the cases, Scudamore responded: "No I don't think so ... I am absolutely confident that English football's record of dealing with this issue is good."

Scudamore added that the swift action is "far better than what goes on in many other countries."