Almost a year on from racially abusing Anton Ferdinand John Terry has publically apologized for his actions and has accepted the FA’s four match ban and £220,000. Terry will now miss the games against Spurs, Man United (league and cup) and Swansea.
In a statement, Terry said:
“After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.
“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 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.
“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.
“I am extremely grateful for the consistent support of Chelsea FC, the fans and my family.”
Meanwhile Chelsea say they have taken “further disciplinary action” against Terry and released a statement that said:
“Chelsea 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.
“Chelsea 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.
“The 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.”