John Terry faces a ban from playing for England if he goes through with an attempt to return to the national soccer team, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Any attempt by Chelsea’s former England captain to make himself available will be met by action under the players’ new code of conduct, the Mail said, citing unidentified sources at the Football Association.
Terry wants to return to the national side in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Guardian reported yesterday. The 32-year-old retired from international soccer last September as he faced an F.A. hearing for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match. He’d earlier been acquitted of the charge in a London court, but was still suspended four games and fined 200,000 pounds ($309,000) by the F.A.
Under the new code of conduct, any player guilty of racial abuse will be barred from playing for the national team, the Mail said. The ban could be applied to Terry retrospectively, the newspaper added.