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Chelsea in row as Terry remains captain

JOHN TERRY, who will begin his four-match ban tomorrow as Chelsea face Tottenham at White Hart Lane, will retain the club captaincy after his suspension is completed.

The defender yesterday accepted a four-match ban and £220,000 fine from the FA for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Chelsea are understood to have handed Terry a further fine. However, he will remain as club captain and will not have any further suspension.

The Blues have insisted that their internal action against Terry will remain confidential, as it has done in a number of other high-profile disciplinary cases involving their players such as Ashley Cole.

The full-back was fined £90,000 by the FA yesterday for an offensive tweet related to the Terry case and is also due to face internal action.

Herman Ouseley, chairman of football's equality group Kick It Out, said that stance on Terry could damage Chelsea in the eyes of those people who had been waiting many months to see how the club handled the case.

Ouseley said: "I believe Chelsea need to be open about the action they have taken.

"A lot of people will be dissatisfied that Chelsea have not been much more upfront about the standards they set and the values they have.

"If they are not prepared to say, it will further damage the trust of those people who still have suspicions about Chelsea's sincerity in dealing with this matter.

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"I do welcome what they have said, but they need to be saying more and doing more if they are going to win back the confidence of people who have lost trust in them rather than to sit back and be silent."

Chelsea released a statement yesterday saying Terry's language was not acceptable.

It read: "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."

The FA suspension means Terry will miss Chelsea's games against Tottenham, two against Manchester United - in the Premier League and League Cup - and Swansea.

It also means he will not be involved in games during Kick It Out's week of action.

Terry was found guilty by the FA commission of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during a Premier League match between Chelsea and QPR on October 23 last year.

In July, he was cleared in a magistrates court of a racially-motivated public order offence.

In a statement released via his representatives, Elite Management, Terry said: "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 judgement, 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."


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