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John Terry statement apologises for language used

John Terry issued a statement through his management company in which he apologised for the language he used at Loftus Road:

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.

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Anti-racism campaigner: FA Terry report 'inconsistent'

The executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe, Piara Powar, has described the FA's handling of the John Terry affair "inconsistent":

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Report: Roy Hodgson speaks to Ashley Cole ahead of meeting with squad

England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to Ashley Cole this afternoon, according to Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports.

Kick It Out: 'Words used by Terry completely unacceptable'

Football anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out have commented on the findings by an independent FA commission on the John Terry racism case:

The written reasons are welcomed and acknowledge some important consequences of this episode, namely the trauma caused to the Ferdinand family.

It’s a period that has polarised the game, undermined the good work being done at all levels, and it must never be allowed to happen again. We note the rationale for the outcome and there is still a right to appeal, which we respect.

In addition, any sanction by Chelsea, as Mr Terry’s employer, is subject to the club’s own internal disciplinary procedures. The words used are completely unacceptable, irrespective of how many times they were levelled.

Ashley Cole apologises for outburst at the FA

Ashley Cole today apologised unreservedly for his outburst at the Football Association over his role in the John Terry racism case.

The independent Football Association regulatory commission said there were discrepancies in Cole's initial statement to FA interviewers of what he heard Anton Ferdinand say to Terry compared to a later statement.

In a statement released this afternoon, Cole said:

I had just finished training and saw the captions on the TV screens in the treatment rooms about what was said in the FA Commission ruling about me.

I was really upset and tweeted my feelings in the heat of the moment. I apologise unreservedly for my comment about the FA.

Chelsea 'will look at' Cole tweet - Di Matteo

Robert di Matteo said he did not think players were 'out of control' Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Chelsea manager Robert di Matteo said the club would 'look at' a profane tweet by left-back Ashley Cole criticising the FA.

"We'll look at the tweet and then we'll see. Apart from this, I don't think the players are out of control," said the Blues boss, responding to reporters.

Cole has since deleted the post from his Twitter account.

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