Chelsea captain John Terry decides not to appeal against FA ban
John Terry opts not to appeal against the four-game ban and £220,000 fine he received for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand
John Terry has announced that he will not appeal the four-game ban issued to him by the Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
The Blues captain was handed the ban and a £220,000 fine after an independent FA panel found him guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand during Chelsea’s clash at QPR last October.
Terry, who was cleared by Westminster Magistrates’ Court of racially abusing Ferdinand in July, said: “After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgement.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October.
“Although I’m disappointed with the FA judgement, 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.
“As I stated in the criminal case, with the benefit of hindsight my language was clearly not an appropriate reaction to the situation for someone in my position.
“My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club, and by me, and it will not happen again. Looking forward, I will continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behaviour from football.”
Chelsea are yet to confirm whether they will take any internal disciplinary action against the 31-year-old. The club had previously said it would make its decision after Terry had decided if he would appeal.
John Terry saga: Timeline of events
23 October 2011: Video footage emerges after Chelsea’s trip to QPR which appears to show John Terry using racist language in a verbal exchange with Anton Ferdinand.
1 November 2011: Metropolitan Police launch formal investigation into allegations that the Chelsea captain racially abused Ferdinand.
25 November 2011: Terry is interviewed by police under caution but is not arrested.
21 December 2011: The Crown Prosecution service announces Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and must appear before West London Magistrates’ Court on 1 February 2012.
3 February 2012: After the announcement that Terry’s court case will not take place until after Euro 2012, the FA strip the defender of the England captaincy.
8 February 2012: England manager Fabio Capello quits just months before Euro 2012 after being dismayed at seeing Terry stripped of the captaincy.
16 May 2012: New England manager Roy Hodgson selects Terry in his squad for Euro 2012 and controversially fails to include Rio Ferdinand, brother of Anton.
13 July 2012: Terry is cleared of all charges by West London Magistrates’ Court.
27 July 2012: The FA continues its own investigation into the allegations and Terry is charged with using abusive/insulting words towards Ferdinand.
15 September 2012: Ferdinand snubs both Terry and Ashley Cole in the pre-match handshakes before Chelsea’s goalless draw with QPR.
23 September 2012: Terry announces his retirement from international football having won 78 caps over nine years.
27 September 2012: The FA find Terry guilty of using abusive/insulting words towards Ferdinand and is banned for four games and handed a £220,000 fine.
18 October 2012: Terry announces he will not be appealing the sanctions and apologises for the language used during the game.