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Chelsea’s John Terry Is Suspended Four Games for Racial Abuse

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Chelsea’s John Terry Is Suspended Four Games for Racial Abuse
John Terry of Chelsea reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on October 23, 2011 at Loftus Road in London. Photographer: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Chelsea captain John Terry was suspended for four games by England’s Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand in a game last season.

Terry, 31, was also fined 220,000 pounds ($356,000) by the F.A.’s independent regulatory commission, English soccer’s governing body said in a statement that didn’t disclose the reasoning for the ruling.

A London court on July 13 acquitted Terry of racial abuse against Ferdinand in the Oct. 23, 2011 match at QPR’s Loftus Road stadium.

“Mr. Terry is disappointed that the F.A. regulatory commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law,” Terry’s representatives Elite Management said in a statement. “He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.”

Terry has 14 days after receiving the written decision to appeal, the F.A. said. Chelsea said in a statement on its website it “respects” the F.A.’s ruling, adding that further comment would be inappropriate.

Terry was charged by the F.A. with using “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behavior” that “included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or color and/or race of Anton Ferdinand.” He denied the charge and requested a personal hearing, which was held over the past four days.

Sarcasm Claim

The Chelsea captain was accused of cursing at Ferdinand, with Terry saying he thought he was being accusing of already having made the comment. Terry testified he repeated it back in a sarcastic way and added an additional insult.

Footage of the alleged abuse first surfaced minutes after the match that Chelsea won 1-0. Fabio Capello quit as coach of England’s soccer team in February when the F.A. stripped Terry of the national team captaincy.

The F.A. decision to pursue its own charges led Terry to announce his retirement from international soccer four days ago, saying his position with the national team was untenable. He most recently represented England in a 5-0 World Cup qualifying win against Moldova on Sept. 7.

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