An FA video explaining its policy on social media conduct prohibits the following breaches:
- Any comment about an match officials prior to a game
- Any implication of bias about anyone at any time
- Questioning the integrity of another participant
- Making personal or offensive comments
- Any comment that causes "detriment to the Game"
Former England full-back Graeme Le Saux explains in the video that the FA policy applies to social networks including (but not limited to) Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
England left-back Ashley Cole has been fined £90,000 over his foul-mouthed Twitter attack on the Football Association.
The FA today confirmed the fine after Cole had admitted a charge of making a Twitter comment that was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
The Chelsea defender had labelled the FA a "bunch of t***s" on the social networking site after an independent regulatory commission of the governing body investigating the John Terry racial abuse case had cast doubt on Cole's evidence.
John Terry's club Chelsea said it supports its captain's decision not to appeal his FA fine and suspension.
A statement said:
Chelsea Football Club believes John Terry has made the correct decision by not appealing against the FA judgment relating to language he used at the QPR match last October.
Chelsea also appreciates, and supports, John's full apology for the language he used.
The club firmly believes such language is not acceptable and fell below the standards expected of John as a Chelsea player.
The club added that it had also taken its own disciplinary action but the details would remain confidential:
The Board has conducted its own investigation into the matter, and considered the various issues involved. The Board has taken further disciplinary action in addition to the four-match suspension and £220,000 fine imposed by the FA.
In accordance with our long-standing policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential.
John Terry had until 6pm this evening to contest the sanction issued by an independent Football Association regulatory commission.
His four-match ban means he can return to action against Liverpool on November 11th.
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.
Chelsea defender John Terry has decided not to appeal against a four-match ban and fine of £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, his management company have confirmed.
John Terry and his advisers will spend the international break deciding whether to appeal against his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, reports ITV Sport.
Ashley Cole has "apologised unreservedly" after posting an insulting and critical tweet about the Football Association.Read the full story ›
The head of the Professional Footballers Association Gordon Taylor has welcomed Ashley Cole's apology after his outburst on Twitter.
I would certainly approve and welcome that apology.
Social media causes so many problems with people making comments and then finding them going public.
The executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe, Piara Powar, has described the FA's handling of the John Terry affair "inconsistent":
Read FA report. Good example of an open process. Raises questions about a few protagonists. Cole is right - they imply he changed story.
Difficult to accept reasoning for delay of almost 1 year in hearing. No convincing or new explanation given in report. #Terry