As expected, the English FA have determined that the Chelsea captain John Terry is guilty of racially abusing the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in the match between two clubs at Loftus Road last season. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court only recently cleared John Terry of the case.
It was immediately apparent that the FA were not going to let him leave that easily after they charged him for the same issue shortly afterwards.
Terry, for his part, recently announced his retirement from international football. There were rumours that he had taken this decision anticipating a ban from the FA.
Now, he has been banned for four matches, while a heft £220,000 fine has also been placed upon him. More importantly, he could miss crucial matches against Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham in the coming weeks. Thankfully, he will be available for the visit to Arsenal this weekend.
Here is the statement issued by John Terry through his representatives:
“Mr Terry is disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law.
“He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.”
Statement from Chelsea FC:
“Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today’s decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry.
“We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time.”