Chelsea's John Terry will not appeal against his four-match ban and
220,000-pound fine for racially insulting Queens Park Rangers
defender Anton Ferdinand, the player said in a statement on Thursday.
31, was found guilty by a Football Association (FA) tribunal of using a
racial slur towards Ferdinand during a Premier League match at Loftus
Road in October 2011.
centre-back was acquitted in a court of law for the same offence and
always maintained his innocence but apologised on Thursday for the
language he used in his altercation with Ferdinand.
champions Chelsea released a statement saying they had taken
disciplinary action against the former England captain, but did not
reveal the details of any additional punishment.
"After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment," Terry said.
want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for the language
I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October.
I'm disappointed with the FA judgment, I accept that the language I
used, regardless of the context, is not acceptable on the football field
or indeed in any walk of life."
Chelsea captain will now miss Saturday's match against Tottenham
Hotspur at White Hart Lane, as well as two matches against Manchester
United, including a League Cup tie, and a trip to Swansea City.
whose defence was described by the FA commission that banned him as
"improbable, implausible and contrived" had two weeks to study the full
written reasons for the decision.
Chelsea welcomed his decision to let the matter lie and said they were imposing their own sanctions on the player.
Football Club believes John Terry has made the correct decision by not
appealing against the FA judgment relating to language he used at the
QPR match last October," the club said in a statement on their website.
also appreciates, and supports, John's full apology for the language he
used. The club firmly believes such language is not acceptable and fell
below the standards expected of John as a Chelsea player.
Board has conducted its own investigation into the matter, and
considered the various issues involved. The Board has taken further
disciplinary action in addition to the four-match suspension and
£220,000 fine imposed by the FA. In accordance with our long-standing
policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential.
enjoys support all over the world. We have players and supporters from
many different countries and cultures and our club is committed to
eradicating all forms of discriminatory behaviour. John is fully
committed to continue supporting that ongoing work."
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