Thursday, 27th September, 2012
John Terry has been banned for four games and fined £220,000 by the English Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
Terry had been cleared of the charge in a court of law in July, but the English FA have reached a different conclusion following their hearing and the Chelsea defender now has 14 days to decide whether to lodge an appeal.
“He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision”, said a statement issued by Terry’s legal team, “and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.”
Terry recently retired from international duty with England after concluding his position in the national side had become untenable.
Chelsea also issued a statement following the verdict.
“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 at this time.”