John Terry Handed Four-Match Ban, Fined £220,000 For Racial Abuse
John Terry protects David Luiz from furious Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters Photo (Photo: REUTERS)
Maybe, John Terry could see the writing on the wall when the Football Association formed a four-man independent panel to investigate the charges of improper conduct (read 'racial abuse') against him.
No wonder he decided to hang his England boots hours before the panel summoned him for the hearing at the Wembley Monday. The 31-year-old Chelsea captain knew what he was up against when he said his position in the national team was "untenable."
The FA Thursday decided to ban him from four domestic games after finding him guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match in October last.
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Considering the fact that Terry was acquitted by the Westminster Magistrates' Court in July, the FA's decision is certainly harsh.
His fans may call it draconic, but the fact is that the FA gives stricter punishments to the first time offenders.
Going by the same logic, the FA recently banned Liverpool's Luis Suárez for eight matches.
Suarez and Manchester United's Patrice Evra were involved in a verbal battle in October that saw Suarez use racially abusive language against Evra.
"(John) is disappointed that the FA commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law," Terry's solicitors were quoted as saying in British media.
"He has asked for the detailed written reasons and will consider carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal."
The central defender, who has earned 78 caps for England, has also been fined £220,000 ($355,00).
Terry will get 14 days to appeal against the ban.
However, if he decides against contesting the ban, he will not play in Saturday's important Premier League game against Arsenal. Norwich city game at home, Tottenham Hotspur's away game and Manchester United match at Stamford Bridge too are out of bounds for Terry.
Meanwhile, the FA issued a statement following the four-day hearing, saying that the panel would provide the details of the observation soon. "The Independent Regulatory Commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course."
"Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry," the Stamford Bridge club's statement read.
Though this is Terry's first count as far as being booked for using racially-laden sentences, "f...... black c....." to be precise, is concerned, he is not unknown to controversies.
The man has been charged with intimidation and assault and not so long ago revelations about his private life became fodder for the British media.