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Reaction to the FA finding John Terry guilty of abusing Anton Ferdinand

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.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez received an eight-match ban for racial abuse

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.

Luis Suarez received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra Credit: PA

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Terry was found not guilty in court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

In July, John Terry was found not guilty in Westminster Magistrates Court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

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".

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John Terry's representatives say he is 'disappointed'

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.

Terry fined £220,000 and banned for four matches

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[2] 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

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