Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four matches and fined £220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Queen's Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.
In a statement, the Football Association said an independent regulatory commission "found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven".
In July, the 31-year-old was found not guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court of racially abusing Ferdinand.
Terry had admitted calling the defender a "f black c*" during a Premier League Game on October 23 last year but he 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 his retirement from international football with immediate effect, saying his position was "untenable".
In a statement, the footballer's representatives, Elite Management said on his behalf:
Chelsea Football Club published the following statement on their website:
Many people have taken to Twitter to voice their opinion on the FA's decision including some well-known names: