John Terry has been banned for four games by the FA and fined £220,000 for being found guilty of ‘misconduct’ in relation to the Anton Ferdinand race row case.
The Chelsea defender has 14 days to appeal which means he will be available for his side’s game at Arsenal on Saturday.
Terry will wait to receive the written decision and consider the reasons for it before deciding whether to launch an appeal.
He was ‘disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law.’
Terry’s defence team had accused the FA of unfair treatment of their client during his time as England captain.
They claim he was treated more harshly than Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney when they were embroiled in controversy.
But Terry’s legal team, led by George Carter-Stephenson QC, asked former England manager Fabio Capello and his assistant Franco Baldini to provide written statements explaining how they handled players who were the subject of criminal proceedings or salacious headlines.
Capello resigned in the belief that it was wrong Terry should have been sacked as captain in February this year, arguing he should have been presumed innocent until proven guilty.
That, Capello explained to Terry’s defence lawyers, was a policy he applied to everyone during his time as national team manager.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra a year ago, but was found to have done so on a number of occasions during the match.
Terry is accused of a single utterance towards Ferdinand, which had led to some speculation that if found guilty the Chelsea player would be more likely to receive a four-match ban.
In Suarez’s case, the FA argued for an increased sanction ‘to ensure that it is widely understood that the FA deprecates and will not accept racist behaviour. In other words, a deterrent sanction is called for’.
The FA also pointed out that ‘Mr Suarez is an international footballer of exceptional ability, playing for one of the best-known clubs in the world. His position carries with it a particular degree of responsibility. His conduct amounts to a serious breach of that responsibility’.
Both of those criteria apply to Terry – particularly given that he was England captain at the time of the incident.
Terry was found not guilty in a magistrates’ court in July of a racially-motivated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a ‘f****** black c***’ as an insult.
He admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.
Terry’s legal team had argued the FA’s own rules dictated his acquittal in court meant the case could not proceed, but the national governing body believed their charge was distinct from the court charge.