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Terry under pressure to accept four-game ban

JOHN TERRY is coming under increasing pressure not to appeal against the Independent Regulatory Commission's decision to ban him for four games and fine him £225,000 for making a racist remark about Anton Ferdinand, the Queens Park Rangers centre-half.

The saga has damaged the image of Terry's club, his profession and the Premier League, as well as his own reputation. The commission described the Chelsea captain's defence as "improbable, implausible and contrived".

Terry, who has until October 18 to decide whether to appeal or not, planned to use the international break to discuss the issue with his lawyers.

The Football Association confirmed yesterday that it would not be appealing against the decision, believing that the ban could not be increased from the four games because of the tariff system on the amount of times the offensive word was used (Terry used it once).

"There is a tariff in place, an existing tariff, and it's as simple as that unless the tariff is changed in future," the FA chairman, David Bernstein, said in explaining why his organisation, which brought the charge against Terry, would not be lodging an appeal.

Terry has retired from England, leaving a hole in central defence.

"He has been fantastic for us,'' Wayne Rooney, the England forward, said. "He's an old-fashioned centre-half, not afraid to get his foot in. He's been great, obviously he has made his decision to retire and we have to respect it.

"But of course he will be a loss to us," Rooney added. "Him and Paolo Maldini are probably the two toughest defenders I have played against.''