John Terry has decided not to appeal against the four match ban that was handed down by the disciplinary commission of the Football Association.
He had this to say “After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment. I want to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone for the language I used in the game against QPR last October. Although I’m disappointed … I accept that the language I used, regardless of the context, is not acceptable ..in any walk of life … with the benefit of hindsight my language was not an appropriate reaction to the situation. My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club, and by me, and it will not happen again.I will continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behavior from football.”
While Terry has apologized for his actions, it is interesting to note that he has yet to apologize directly to Anton Ferdinand.
The former England Captain was cleared of all charges by the Court but the FA found him guilty of using “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behavior, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”
John Terry had before the result also announced his retirement from the National Team because he was not happy with the FA’s stance in respect to the incident with Anton Ferdinand. He retired before the decision of the FA was released. He cited the FA’s action as the reason with his position in the England team becoming “untenable”.
Terry who was also fined £220,000, has had two weeks to study all the evidences and the reasons for the decision taken by the independent FA Panel.
This acceptance means that John Terry will miss Chelsea games against Tottenham,Man Utd(both league and Carling Cup) and also the Swansea game.
It will also be interesting to note if Chelsea now discipline him internally as well.Published 18 Oct 2012, 16:02 IST