It is likely that John Terry will still be available to play for Chelsea against Arsenal on Saturday as the ban imposed by the Football Association does not start until after the appeals process has been concluded.
The defender has 14 days from the receipt of the written reasons for the decision, and if he does appeal then that hearing may not take place until the end of next month.
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.