Terry will not appeal race abuse ban, says sorry


Chelsea defender John Terry said Thursday he had decided not to appeal against a four-match ban and fine for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and issued an apology for his actions. The former England captain was handed a suspension and a £220,000 ($355,000, 270,000 euros) fine by the Football Association (FA) last month despite being cleared of racism charges in a court of law earlier in the year. Terry has also been disciplined by Chelsea for the incident during a match at Loftus Road on October 23, although the European champions are keeping the details of their action confidential.
The 31-year-old, who will miss the club’s next four matches in domestic competition, said: “I want to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October.” He added: “After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment. “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.” He added: “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.” In a statement, the club said: “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.”
In his statement, issued through his management company, Terry also said he would “continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behavior from football”.
The ban means Terry will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday, and the league matches against Manchester United and Swansea, as well as a League Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester United. The FA independent panel described Terry’s defence for his foul-mouthed outburst — that he was only repeating what Ferdinand had accused him of saying — as “improbable, implausible and contrived”, but said he was “not a racist”.