John Terry has finally said sorry for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and has accepted the four game ban and £220,000 fine from the FA.
By accepting the ban it means he will miss two games against Rio Ferdinand’s Manchester United and also the Kick It Out week of action which takes place this weekend.
Terry had until 6pm on Thursday to appeal the four-match ban imposed on him for racially abusing QPR’s Ferdinand, but decided against it.
In a statement, 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 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.’