John Terry decides against appealing four-match ban
While John Terry continues to deny making a racist comment to Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road a year ago, the Chelsea captain has admitted using offensive language in the match between QPR and the Blues last season.
October 18th, 2012
Terry will now serve a four-match ban after being charged by the FA with a suspension and a £220,000 fine for racially abusing the Rangers defender, with the former England captain deciding not to appeal the charge despite repeatedly denying making racist comments.
In a statement released via his representatives Elite Management, 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.”
It is an admission which doesn’t extend to racist abuse although Terry admits that his language was not appropriate for someone of his standing.
“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.”