The Football Association have confirmed that Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four games following his disciplinary hearing.
Terry denied the charge, but the commission ruled that he was guilty of misconduct during Chelsea's Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23 last year. As well as the ban, Terry has been fined £220,000.
The 31-year-old, who on Sunday announced his retirement from international football, can lodge an appeal against the panel's decision.
Terry's representatives, Elite Management, said in a statement released on his behalf: "Mr Terry is disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law.
"He has asked for the detailed written reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal."
An FA statement said: "An independent regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220,000, pending appeal.
"The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.
"The charge was the result of The FA's long-standing investigation into this matter, which was placed on hold at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr Terry's representatives pending the outcome of the criminal trial.
"The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows:
:: Mr Terry be suspended from all domestic club football until such time as Chelsea's First Team have completed four competitive matches
:: Fined the sum of £220,000."
"The independent regulatory commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course. Mr Terry has the right to appeal the decision of the independent regulatory commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.
"The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Terry decide not to appeal. The reason for this is to ensure that the penalty does not take effect before any appeal so that Mr Terry has an effective right of appeal."
The case centred around an incident during Chelsea's defeat at QPR on October 23 last year when Terry and Ferdinand clashed verbally on a number of occasions.
Terry was found not guilty in Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a racially-aggravated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" as an insult.
Terry admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.
Chelsea and England team-mate Ashley Cole gave evidence that helped exonerate Terry, telling the court: "We shouldn't be sitting here".
The FA's decision to press ahead with their own charges infuriated Terry to the extent that on the eve of the disciplinary hearing he announced he was quitting international football with immediate effect, saying his position was "untenable".
Terry's legal team had argued the governing body's own rules dictated that his acquittal in court meant the case could not proceed but the FA believed their charge was distinct from the court charge.
The panel who handed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban when they found him guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season declared at that time that simply using racist language was enough to constitute a breach of FA rules.
Chelsea issued a statement that refused to condemn the FA's verdict. "Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry," the statement read.
"We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision.
"It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time."
Terry is likely to still be available to play for Chelsea against Arsenal on Saturday as the ban does not start until after the appeals process has been concluded.
The defender has 14 days from the receipt of the written reasons for the decision, and if he does appeal then that hearing may not take place until the end of next month.
That could see the Chelsea captain still being available for the club's other Premier League matches in October against Norwich, Tottenham and Manchester United.
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what do you think?
The governing body of English Football has proven itself to be in total contempt of Court. No one will be surprised by the verdict of their Kangaroo Court. I do hope that JT takes the matter to the Court of Arbitration, as the FA won't have a leg to stand on. By refusing to accept the decision of a court of law, they have now brought English Football into disrepute.
The Judge in question Gave Terry the benefit of the doubt alot different from innocent.How come not one camera caught fredinand saying what Teflon Terry said he repeated very clever lawyers got Terry off.ban should be longer
Well said Gary. I'm not a chelsea fan, or even a John Terry fan, but I think this verdict is ridiculous
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He shouldn't have a ban at all. Was found not guilty in a real court. Fa just dont like him. Althou the fa should note who is really racist, give the Englishman a 4 game ban and the foreigner a 8 match ban..... Well done fa
Are you implying the FA are racists.
Common sense at last, in no way is this behaviour acceptable to any decent human being and John Terry has got what was coming to him thankfully. If he had been genuinely remorseful and apologised at the time people would have had more respect for him. This is football at it's worst and I am glad he is no longer goin to be an ambassador for the sport in this country, shame on him.
Well said Mary, subliminal racists are backing him, brainwashed noneties.
Stop hating he was proven innocent in a cort of law that's enought for me and 12 jurors
Tell them to get stuffed, and never play for them again
I'm with you on that one Neville, the sooner teflon terry leaves the game the better the premiership will be, chelski should be embarrassed to have a cheating racist on their books.
Allan A Lazarus
My word, what can you say, I've have never anything so ridiculous in all my entire life. How the hell can a person be taken to court for all that crap, be found not guilty then the damned FA go against the law of the land and fine and ban JT. Maybe its time the old fuddy duddies at the FA retired but apoligised to all footie fans for their misdemeanors, because they never get anything right. I sincerely hope JT appeals. He doesn't deserve any of this.
If any of you did use words like this at work it may not constitute a criminal conviction ! Suarez' didn't ! But your work would still discipline you for breach of their code of conduct ! You wouldn't get a criminal conviction or go to prison but you may get suspended or in the real world lose your job ! Suarez and Terry are very fortunate !
despite Terry being a pleb he did not deserve this its the FA making an example trying to be too politicaly correct...Black players use alot worse against each other is that ok? I ran a bodybuilders gym and the blacks slagged each other off every day a white lad who was mates with them said the 'N' word in a black way and he was verbaly attacked.....why is it ok for one and not the other......
FA are idiots they go against the rule of the land JT is innocent of these charges the fa should take a look at themselves they have just lost one of the best centrebacks ever to pull on a England shirt but all the better for the blues JT26 legend
JT was found Not Guilty for reason of inconclusive evidence, he was not Innocent. He is lucky not to receive an 8 match ban like Suarez. As great a player as he is, this is not the first time he has brought the game into disrepute and he is meant to be a role model. If my children came out with that sort of language, thinking it was OK to do so because their idol did so, I would be disgusted
Ok regardless of whether he was guilty or not as such. However if he was found guilty by the FA why was he only given a four game ban as opposed to the eight game ban for Suarez...are there degrees of racism nowadays?
Put this mess to bed and move on its gettin boring zzzzzz
You maybe think you can walk on water employ tricky lawyers get you off but thank goodness the words ring true Respect in the game, time to clean up the soccer game ir the bubble will soon burst. Leave well alone JT talk a leaf out of Steve Bruce book last week you were out of ORDER mate just accept and get on with it people Will think your more of a Man for it.
im no footie fan but how on earth can someone be fined so much for just saying a few odd words that upset someone and caused them no physical harm whatsoever whats thecountry coming to when you cant open your mouth for fear of being sued,people call me chalky every day but i dont take them to court if this hapened out on the streets as it does every day the national debt would so on be wrote off at that rate
Peanuts for him. Two weeks wages!!!!
What is the world coming to? The only words John Terry used that could be deemed as offensive are f****** and c***, hence why they are the only words censored, otherwise he is just stating a colour. The only way racism will ever be eradicated is if people stop reacting badly to it. If we simply just brush aside verbal abuse in general and realise words cannot hurt, then maybe these petty little prima donna disagreements can stop. Life is too short.
Two points here. JT has had it accepted that he was repeating back the words of AF. So,why no prosecution for AF? 2nd point. does this 'guilty' verdict constitute 'new evidence'? If so,then perhaps the 'proper' court case should be re-opened!!!! F.A. are a complete joke,and they fail to see it,which merely compounds their arrogant ignorance.
have you seen any video evidence of AF using this language no have you seen JT using it yes. the Magistrate said they gave the benefit of the doubt to JT this was just a clever defence by his very expensive lawyers. He should just pay up and count himself lucky
4 match ban?? Ban him for the season, he might learn to respect friends and fellow professionals. Ashley Cole is just a sheep, following his captain so he is liked.
That would be the perfect punishment, but there's one rule for John Terry and another for Luis Suarez hand other ethnic players.
Suarez, instant 8 match ban for nothing even close to the obscenities Terry mouthed. Liverpool slated by the press for backing Suarez. Terry, allowed over 12 months (which just happened to include the Euros) to get a FOUR week ban & ONE weeks pay as a fine. Di Matteo & Chelsea back their man.............the press.....silence!