John Terry has been banned for four matches and given a £220,000 fine for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the FA have confirmed.
It seems Terry has predicted his own downfall and decided to dismount the horse now, rather than wait to be thrown off it.
John Terry ended his England career yesterday, on the eve of his Football Association improper conduct hearing.
Since the Football Association announced that it has found John Terry guilty of misconduct for using insulting language towards Anton Ferdinand, the decision has been a hot topic on Twitter.
Why did John Terry only get a 4 match ban when Suarez got 8? :S The fine isn't a problem for footballers as they can be paid off instantly.
John Terry found guilty of racism. He gets a month holiday and no pocket money for a week.
Whether you like John Terry or not, the FA has shown it considers itself above the law.
The Football Association have found John Terry guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and he has been given a four-match ban and fined £220,000.
Last year, its panel gave Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban when they found him guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Terry was acquitted of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during a Premier League Game on October 23 last year.
He had admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.
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".
John Terry has 14 days to lodge an appeal from receipt of the written reasons for the decision today.
– Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry.
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.
The FA find John Terry guilty and give him a 4 match ban and 220K fine. Just one game more than a regular red card?
Not quite sure why Terry gets just a 4-match ban for worse racist abuse than Suarez, who got an 8-match ban? http://t.co/zm5dremP
John Terry's representatives, Elite Management, have released a statement 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.
A statement from the Football Association said:
An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [Thursday 27 September 2012] 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.
A hearing took place from 24-27 September 2012 before an Independent Regulatory Commission of The FA to consider the charge.
The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows
John Terry has been found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The former England captain has been fined £220,000 and been given a four-match ban.