Thursday, October 18, 2012
TERRY FINALLY SAY SORRY FOR RACIST ABUSE ON ANTON FERDINAND, DECIDE NOT TO APPEAL FOUR MATCH BAN
Chelsea skipper, John Terry has finally apologised for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand and has accepted the four game ban and £220,000 fine from the FA.
Terrry in a statement 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
By accepting the ban it means he will miss two games against Rio Ferdinand's Manchester United and also the Kick It Out week of action which takes place this weekend.
Terry had until 6pm on Thursday to appeal the four-match ban imposed on him for racially abusing QPR's Ferdinand, but decided against it.
Chelsea also released a statement saying that they have taken 'confidential' disciplinary action against their captain. It is unclear whether he will remain as skipper, although he is available for Tuesday's Champions League match away to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Chelsea followed it up with a statement that read: '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.
'Chelsea 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.'
It means he will miss he will miss Saturday's game with Tottenham as well as the game with Manchester United on October 28 and then the Capital One Cup clash between the two sides three days later. Chelsea's trip to Swansea will be the final game of his suspension.
His first Premier League game back will be against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on November 11 where he will come up against Luis Suarez, who was banned last season for racial abusing Patrice Evra.
Terry will, however be available to play for Chelsea in the Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk on October 23 at the Donbass Arena.
His decision to accept the ban means he will avoid coming face-to-face with his former England team-mate and Anton's brother, Rio, in the pre-match handshakes.
The Chelsea captain and his advisers had two weeks to study the full written reasons of the decision by an FA independent regulatory commission.