Terry found guilty of racism by FA
John Terry has been banned for four games after being found guilty of racial abuse after an FA hearing. This is in contrast to July's court judgement that decreed that the evidence was not strong enough to convict Terry of using racially aggravated language against Anton Ferdinand last season.
The FA disciplinary hearing found Terry guilty of "directing abusive language with racial connotations" at Ferdinand. In addition to the ban, Terry must pay a fine of £220,000, although he has the right to appeal. "The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Terry decide not to appeal," the FA clarified in a statement.
Terry’s management company issued a statement of their own: "Mr Terry is disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law. He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal."
It’s an alarming verdict for a player of Terry’s stature and the implications may go beyond the ban and fine. Terry had pre-empted the FA by announcing his retirement from international football, but now there may be calls for him to be dismissed by Chelsea.
The club issued their own statement. "Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry. We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time."