John Terry red card: Chelsea captain could face lengthy ban after Barcelona match

Terry could face lengthy ban after reckless red card against Barcelona

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14:12 GMT, 25 April 2012

UEFA's disciplinary panel will decide Chelsea captain John Terry's punishment after his red card against Barcelona.

The defender was dismissed just before half time when he appeared to knee Alexis Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident.

Terry automatically receives a one-match ban and misses the final in Munich on May 19 but could face an extended suspension.

Stunned: John Terry was sent off just before half time in Barcelona

Stunned: John Terry was sent off just before half time in Barcelona

UEFA's panel will meet on May 24 to decide Terry's fate and could rule him out of the start of Chelsea's next European campaign.

A UEFA statement read: 'The UEFA control and disciplinary body will decide on the suspension on 31 May 2012.'

Despite losing their captain, Chelsea fought back from 2-0 down to earn a stunning draw and progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Having initially disputed his sending-off after taking an age to leave the field, Terry eventually held his hands up.

'Sanchez was darting in behind me, I've seen the replay and it does look bad,' he said.

Reckless: Terry was dismissed after kneeing Alexis Sanchez

Reckless: Terry was dismissed after kneeing Alexis Sanchez

'Sanchez
was darting in behind me, I've seen the replay and it does look bad,
but I'm not the type of player to go out and intentionally hurt anyone,'
said the skipper.

'I've raised my knee, which I shouldn't have done in hindsight, but hopefully the people out there that know me, as a player and a person, know I'm not like that

'I'm disappointed but delighted for the lads.

'I've apologised to them and I want to apologise to the fans as well.

Walk of shame: Terry was spared when his team-mates earned a draw

Walk of shame: Terry was spared when his team-mates earned a draw

'At the time, I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit, but looking at it on the replay, I've no complaints.

'I've let the lads down. They've performed brilliantly, so hopefully this doesn't take it away from the players.

'This is what this football club deserves. We deserve to be in the Champions League final.'

Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires also miss the final after receiving their third bookings in the competition.