Although initial reports suggested that former England captain John Terry would appeal against the Football Association's charges against him for his alleged on-pitch racist remarks against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, he has today confirmed that he is now not going to do so, instead accepting the four-match ban and £220,000 fine.
In an official statement he 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 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 have said that they will be taking further disciplinary action against the centre-back, although refused to mention specifics, with a spokesperson for the club also releasing a statement following Terry's announcement: "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 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."
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