The delay in the FA’s action centred on Terry being charged last December with racially abusing Ferdinand by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Terry was cleared in July of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates Court, but the FA subsequently brought disciplinary charges under its own rules.
However, with the process taking almost a year, Premier League chief executive Scudamore insists that any future joint actions should be dealt with more swiftly by the football authorities.
“Of course, reputationally, it [the Terry case] is not good for the Premier League,” Scudamore said. “But we also know that these incidents come along from time to time and they have to be dealt with and dealt with properly.
“The fact is, the criminal justice system has had a look at it and decided and the football system, which is a different test and I respect the fact the FA has to look at it, has also decided.
“It is very difficult, but my concern is the length of time that this takes because we have been sitting here, unable to move on and unable to get clarity. We have to work out a way of doing these things earlier.
“If the argument is that these things [charges] are completely separate, irrespective of what the courts decide, if football’s test is different, why can’t we decide [the outcome] if it is a completely different test?
“I don’t quite know why one has to wait for the other if the tests are completely different.
“It would have been much better for everybody, whether the outcome is positive or negative, if it was done quickly.”
Terry’s punishment at the hands of the FA comes nine months after Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was suspended for eight games and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in a Premier League clash at Anfield last October.
And despite insisting that the game is committed to driving racism out of football, Scudamore concedes that more can be done following a government report stating that the sport has to do more.
“We could all do more.” Scudamore said. “Your readers could donate more to charity, we could all spend more time with our local communities, so of course we can all do more.
“That’s not a flippant answer. The report also said football has done an awful lot and I would put football’s record alongside any other area of society and say we have done more to combat racism than any other group you could point to.
“But is there more we can do? Of course we can and we will continue to do that. The whole equality agenda, we will continue to strive to be at the leading edge of that.”
With the build-up to last Sunday’s Liverpool-Manchester United fixture overshadowed by concerns over the airing of chants mocking the victims of the Munich and Hillsborough disasters, Scudamore admits that the scourge of such chants is an issue which requires a broad-minded approach.
He said: “We reached a bit of a watershed last week with the Hillsborough and Munich chants and I think, universally, we agree that they are not acceptable.
“But it is a difficult one. There is a continuum of very tame chanting to those at the other end, but when you get towards the middle, everybody’s degree of offence is different.
“Our referees clearly have a very high threshold in terms of what they have take, but if you put ten people in a room and played 20 chants, we’d all have a different view on where the line is.
“Those chants at the extreme end, we all want eradicated, but those towards the middle get to the essence of why the game is popular, because it is noisy, tribal, visceral, emotional and irrational.”