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
Well, well, well. About a year too late, Chelsea captain John Terry has apologised for the racial abuse he aimed at QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October.
Given what we already know of Terry’s nature (he’s unlikely to apologise directly to Ferdinand such is his pride), his backing down seems out of character and it’s likely that the West London club have told their longest-serving player to draw a line under the incident and move on.
The damage is, of course, already done and there is no need to continue to harp on about the past year, which has seen a criminal trial, an separate FA investigation and consequent ban, the resignation of an England manager, countless unwise tweets, Terry’s retirement from international football and a whole lot more angst.
Looking forward, Terry will now face an FA ban, missing games against Tottenham and Swansea in the Premier League and Manchester United in both the league and League Cup. The 31-year-old remains a committed and imperious defender on his day and will be missed by a Chelsea side who look weakest defensively.
It would be best if everyone moves on from this particularly ugly incident now but the wider issue of racism in football remains. The incidents in the England under-21 clash with Serbia illustrates that FIFA and UEFA must start getting tough on racism.
Fines in the region of £15,000 or £16,000 are hardly a deterrent and everyone on the wrong-side of the unpleasantness in Serbia would like to see the country banned from FIFA and UEFA international competitions, especially considering the Serbian Football Association has denied any wrongdoing.
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