John Terry has accepted the decision of the FA to ban him for four matches and fine him for using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand.
The Chelsea captain – and former England skipper of course – had strongly argued that having been declared not guilty in a court of law, he ought not to stand trial in front of the FA.
As Luis Suarez of Liverpool learned though, the FA judiciary system works on the balance of probabilities rather than proof, and as a result neither player stood a particularly high chance of succeeding in overturning their respective bans.
“After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment,” said a statement from Terry.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against QPR last October.
As a result, Chelsea will lose John Terry for their matches against Tottenham, Manchester United, Swansea and Liverpool.
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