After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.
I want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October.
Although I’m disappointed with the FA judgment, I accept that the language I used, regardless of the context, is not acceptable on the football field or indeed in any walk of life.
As I stated in the criminal case, with the benefit of hindsight my language was clearly not an appropriate reaction to the situation for someone in my position.
My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club, and by me, and it will not happen again.
Looking forward, I will continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behaviour from football.
I am extremely grateful for the consistent support of Chelsea FC, the fans and my family.
SOURCE: Elite Management Agency
At long, long last some closure. Chelsea captain John Terry has finally apologised for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match at Loftus Road last October.
Yes, LAST October. If you haven’t heard the case mentioned during the past year, you’ve either been living under the sea or hermitting in the Aussie outback, so there’s little point in dragging over the issues again. Suffice to say that there have been resignations, bannings, a criminal trial, plenty of twitter cock-ups and a whole lot more angst.
A few weeks ago, the Chelsea captain was defiant as ever and it looks likely that the club have finally intervened and ordered their longest-serving player to draw a line under the incident.
Moving forward, Terry acceptance of the FA ban means he will miss key league games against high-flying Tottenham and Swansea, plus a league and a League Cup game against Man United. Ouch.
It also remains to be seen if the West London club will take any action internally. Many believe Terry has tainted Chelsea so badly that he should be stripped of the captaincy. Watch this space.
Meanwhile, the issue of racism in the game remains. The incidents after the match between the England and Serbia under-21s were another sad blot on football and UEFA and FIFA must act quickly, decisively and preferably firmly to resolve the case.
A ban from the next European Championship and World Cup for Serbia would do nicely. But that wont happen, of course.