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John Terry wants to play for England at World Cup

Terry's England U-turn! Disgraced former captain wants to play in World Cup

ahead of Ferdinand, can pick the pair for the fixtures against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and the trip to Brazil on June 2.

Terry’s U-turn comes days after he snubbed outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein at the Champions League handover in London.

Bernstein took the England armband away from Terry during a phone call last February after it was announced Terry would stand trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court over the incident with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.

John Terry Rio Ferdinand

John Terry Rio Ferdinand

Moving on: Terry is prepared to play with Rio Ferdinand despite his clash with Anton Ferdinand (below)

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand

The FA chairman’s handling of the
affair led to Fabio Capello quitting as England head coach four months
before the start of Euro 2012.

But Terry, 32, is ready to end his self-imposed international exile, despite the bad blood with Bernstein.

He announced his international retirement on the eve of the FA hearing into claims that he used ‘abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour’ towards Anton Ferdinand.

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Snub: Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein earlier this month

Terry had already been cleared by
Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but an independent FA commission found
him guilty, banning him for four matches and fining him 220,000.

The Chelsea skipper apologised for his inappropriate language in a statement that day and vowed to clean up his act.

His
last game for England was as a substitute in the 5-0 victory over
Moldova in a World Cup qualifier in September. He served a four-match
domestic ban for the Anton Ferdinand affair, but the FA did not impose
an international ban because the defender had already decided to quit
England.

Retrospective action from the FA now would raise the argument that he is being punished twice for the same offence.

Hodgson is spending a few days away, but the development will be a surprise to him. He recalled West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro last month after persuading him out of international retirement.

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

Sidelined: Terry has often had to settle for a place on the bench with Chelsea this season

England’s manager selected Terry ahead of Rio Ferdinand for Euro 2012.

The Chelsea defender, who has a year left on a 150,000-a-week deal, has admitted his club future is in doubt after nearly 15 years at Stamford Bridge. He has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season.

‘I’m not in the strongest position to go knocking on the door and I understand I can’t be around forever,’ he said.

‘Wherever I go after Chelsea it certainly wouldn’t be in England. I couldn’t do that to Chelsea or the fans, that’s just not me.

‘My future depends on who the manager is next season, but I’ll wait for the club. I’ve got a great relationship with the guys who make those decisions.’

Francis Jeffers appears in court after brandishing a broomstick outside father-in-law"s flat

Ex-England wonderkid Jeffers appears in court after brandishing a broomstick outside father-in-law's flat

By
Lauren Riley

PUBLISHED:

13:27 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 4 March 2013

Former England striker Francis Jeffers has appeared in court after being found outside his father-in-law’s flat brandishing a broomstick.

The ex-Everton and Arsenal forward, 32, was found outside the luxury flat in Crosby, Merseyside, in December last year.

His father-in-law Albert Boden was discovered inside the flat on Burbo Bank Road with injuries.

Jeffers, is estranged from his wife Lucy, whom he married in 2009.

Francis Jeffers appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court today

Francis Jeffers appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court today

Charged: Francis Jeffers appeared at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Monday

He pleaded not guilty to using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence at an earlier hearing.

He agreed to be bound over for 12 months to keep the peace in the sum of 100 when he appeared again at South Sefton Magistrates' Court today.

Lorraine Barton, prosecuting, said: 'Before the incident on 21st December last year, Francis Jeffers had recently separated from his partner Lucy.

'Their marriage broke down and an inside took place outside a flat. A 999 call was made and officers came and found Francis Jeffers outside the flat with a broomstick.'

From fox in the box to sweeper: Jeffers was bought by Arsene Wenger for 8million to be Arsenal's goal poacher but has fallen from grace and was found outside his father in law's flat brandishing a broomstick

From fox in the box to sweeper: Jeffers was bought by Arsene Wenger for 8million to be Arsenal's goal poacher but has fallen from grace and was found outside his father in law's flat brandishing a broomstick

One and only: Jeffers scored on his England debut against Australia - his only cap

One and only: Jeffers scored on his England debut against Australia – his only cap

She added: 'Officers spoke to the occupant of the flat, Albert Boden, who had some injuries. Police officers also took a statement from Francis Jeffers, who made no comment.

'He later pleaded not guilty to a Section 4 offence.'

Chairman of the bench Peter Rathe said: 'There is now going to be a binding-over to which you agree.

'This
means for 12 months you must keep the peace, especially towards Albert
Boden, and if you don’t comply you will have to pay 100.'

Jeffers
was recently dropped by Maltese
champions Floriana after playing just two games as they could not afford
to pay his wages.

Feeling blue: Jeffers has had spells in Australia, Scotland and Malta while former Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney has starred for Manchester United and England

Feeling blue: Jeffers has had spells in Australia, Scotland and Malta while former Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney has starred for Manchester United and England

Born in Croxteth, Liverpool, Jeffers attended the same primary school as Wayne Rooney a decade before the Manchester United star.

Jeffers was himself tipped for the big time following an 8million move from Everton to Arsenal in 2001 – indeed, Arsene Wenger even labelled the striker his 'fox in the box' – but injuries and poor form saw his career slump.

He later returned to Everton on loan and played for a string of teams including Rangers, Blackburn and the Newcastle Jets before his two-game stint in Malta.

Gareth Barry to miss Manchester City"s trip to Newcastle after Mark Clattenburg fallout

Barry to miss City's trip to Newcastle after deciding not to contest FA charge for using abusive language towards Clattenburg

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22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Gareth Barry will miss Manchester
City's trip to Newcastle on Saturday after deciding not to contest a
one-match ban for using foul and abusive language towards fourth
official Mark Clattenburg at the end of the Manchester derby.

On Tuesday night Barry was said to be shocked by the FA’s action. The incident came just days after
John Mikel Obi was banned for three games and fined 60,000 for a
similar offence against Clattenburg, who was embroiled in a race row
with the Chelsea player when he took charge of the game against
Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in October.

The 37-year-old official from Tyne and Wear was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the Metropolitan Police and the FA.

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday

Clattenburg was the fourth official
at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when it is alleged that Barry ‘used
abusive and/or insulting words’ towards him after City’s 3-2 defeat to
United.

Both City and the FA refused to
confirm that Clattenburg is the official in question in an attempt to
spare him from any more unwanted publicity.

But Sportsmail understands he was the
one on the receiving end of Barry’s comments as the England midfielder
stormed down the tunnel moments after Robin van Persie’s injury-time
winner.

Rio Ferdinand in training at Carrington on Tuesday

Robin van Persie (left) and Rio Ferdinand in training

No scar, Rio Ferdinand's face looked in far better shape during United's training session at their Carrington headquarters on Tuesday morning after he was last seen bleeding at the end of the Manchester derby

No scar Rio Ferdinand

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

The goal came from a free-kick awarded by referee Martin Atkinson for Carlos Tevez’s foul on Rafael da Silva.

At first it was thought that Barry
had clashed with his manager Roberto Mancini as he left the pitch at
full time, but the City boss confirmed his player was unhappy with the
officials.

‘The referee and linesmen made some mistakes today,’ remarked Mancini after the game. ‘I don’t know what Gareth said.’

After receiving Atkinson’s report the
FA issued a statement that read: ‘Manchester City’s Gareth Barry has
been charged by the FA for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used
abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following the
Manchester City v Manchester United game on Sunday 9 December 2012.’

As the fall-out from Sunday’s derby
continued, a 15-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a
racist tweet sent to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. He was
later bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are still trying to identify
the fan who threw a coin at Ferdinand as he celebrated United’s late
goal, cutting the defender above the left eye.

Another supporter, one of nine people
charged over a variety of offences committed on the day, had to be
restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart after he ran on to the pitch and
tried to confront Ferdinand.

Mark Clattenburg cleared as John Obi Mikel is charged by FA over race row

Mikel CHARGED as FA clears referee Clattenburg over race row (but still no sorry from Chelsea)

Referee Mark Clattenburg cleared by FA of any racist abuse

Instead Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel is charged with misconduct

Referees will be privately recorded in future to protect them

Clattenburg speaks out about ‘most stressful’ weeks of his life

Still no apology from Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 22 November 2012

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been charged by the FA over the Mark Clattenburg race row after the referee was found to have no case to answer.

Mikel accused Clattenburg of using racist language towards him during Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United last month.

Mikel was charged for alleged use of
threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in or
around the officials changing room.

No action: Mark Clattenburg has no case to answer while John Obi Mikel (right) has been charged by the FA

No action: Mark Clattenburg has no case to answer while John Obi Mikel (right) has been charged by the FA

The Nigerian stormed into the ref's
room after the match after being told by team-mate Ramires that Clattenburg had
called him a 'monkey'. Mikel did not hear anything at the
time.

He does not deny the charge but will request a personal hearing to explain the mitigating circumstances. There has been no apology from the club.

Clattenburg hasn’t refereed a game since and is now clear to return to official duty. He will be named on Friday for one of the fixtures next midweek.

He spoke of his relief and said the last few weeks had been 'the most stressful of his life'.

Clattenburg said: 'I am looking forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the Premier League and other competitions.

'I am extremely grateful for the invaluable support of my family, my Select Group colleagues, the management of Professional Game Match Officials Limited and our union Prospect. The messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

'To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening.

'Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.

'I know first-hand the ramifications of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go through this in the future.'

Chelsea provided unbroadcast video footage of the game from static cameras on FA’s request.

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

The FA said the evidence had been considered by independent QC David Waters who ruled Ramires' claim was not supported by any other evidence and disputed by the other match officials.

An FA statement added: 'Moreover it was contradicted by other witnesses and does not cross the evidential threshold required to bring a charge against Mark Clattenburg.

'Having considered Counsel's opinion, and in view of all the circumstances of the case, The FA does not believe that there is a case for Mr Clattenburg to answer.'

Alan Leighton, national secretary of Prospect, the referees union, would like Chelsea to apologise and compensate Clattenburg for what he has been through.

'There was no doubt he was innocent,' he told Sky Sports News. 'There are lessons to be learned. Mark is very upset that his reputation has been dragged through the mud by this process, there was no need for Chelsea to make the public aware of the allegation.

'There is also an issue of flimsiness about the evidence provided. We need Chelsea to accept the verdict, apologise to Mark and compensate him for that.'

FULL STATEMENTS FROM CHELSEA, MARK CLATTENBURG AND THE FA

CHELSEA STATEMENT

'Chelsea Football Club accepts the Football Association's decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact that the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter.

'The FA states Chelsea took the correct action following the Manchester United match and encourages all players who believe they have been either subject, or witness, to discriminatory abuse to report the matter immediately to the match officials on the day, and in turn to the FA.

'The club also notes the charge brought against John Mikel Obi. While the player does not deny the charge, he will request a personal hearing to explain the mitigating circumstances.

'With regards to the Mark Clattenburg decision, the club accepts the case is now concluded and notes the FA states the allegation was made in good faith.

'Chelsea FC cooperated fully with the FA and provided 11 witness statements covering all events during and after the Premier League game on October 28.

'Chelsea FC has a duty of care, as do all employers, to act responsibly when such allegations are reported by employees.

'We did not take the decision to lodge a formal complaint with the FA lightly and followed the correct processes and protocols throughout.

'The club carried out a thorough investigation, led by outside legal counsel, using all information available to us. As the FA makes clear, it is not uncommon for investigations to lead to no disciplinary charge being brought.

'All those directly involved have been subjected to scrutiny over the last weeks. Chelsea FC now hopes that all concerned can continue to carry out their duties without prejudice.

'We are committed to working alongside all referees and their assistants to ensure games are conducted in the right spirit and that all our players and staff accept and observe the match officials' authority and decisions.'

MARK CLATTENBURG STATEMENT

'I am looking forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the Premier League and other competitions.

'I am extremely grateful for the invaluable support of my family, my Select Group colleagues, the management of Professional Game Match Officials Limited and our union Prospect.

'The messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.

'To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening.

'Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse.

'However, there are processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.

'I know first-hand the ramifications of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go through this in the future.

'We are all fortunate to be working in the worlds most watched and scrutinised football league. With that comes a responsibility in regard to how the different parts of the game work together.

'What has happened over the last few weeks should not overshadow the fact the on-pitch relationship between match officials, players and managers is the best we've ever known it.

'We are proud of the integrity of refereeing in this country and I cannot wait to be back involved in the game I care so passionately about.'

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION STATEMENT

'The FA has concluded its investigation into alleged misconduct by Mark Clattenburg during the match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC on Sunday 28 October 2012. No disciplinary action will follow against Mr Clattenburg.

'Following the conclusion of the match, Chelsea FC reported to the match delegate that two of their players had been separately subject to abuse by the match referee, Mark Clattenburg.

'On Monday 29 October 2012, The FA contacted Chelsea FC to establish whether the club and individual players wished to make a formal complaint in relation to the allegations reported to the match delegate.

'On Wednesday 31 October Chelsea FC contacted The FA and confirmed that the club had conducted an internal enquiry and that they did wish to proceed with a formal complaint in relation to one of the allegations of abuse. The club did not wish to proceed in relation to the other allegation. The club provided witness statements from two players, Ramires Santos do Nascimento (“Ramires”) and John Obi Mikel.

'The details of the allegation were that following one or the other of the red cards issued during the second half of the game, Ramires heard Mark Clattenburg say to John Obi Mikel, “shut up you monkey”. John Obi Mikel did not hear the alleged comment.

'On 1 November 2012, The FA requested that Chelsea disclose full details of their internal investigation.

'On 5 November 2012, Chelsea FC provided The FA with witness statements from other Chelsea FC players and officials.

'On 5 November 2012, The FA interviewed Ramires and John Obi Mikel, using the TV match footage obtained by The FA.

'Between 7 and 8 November 2012, The FA interviewed all four match officials.

'On 9 and 14 November 2012, further to FA requests, Chelsea FC provided unbroadcast video footage of the game from static cameras.

'On 15 November 2012, The FA re-interviewed Ramires to show him the previously unseen video footage provided by the club. At this stage, for the first time, the exact point at which the comment was alleged to have been made was established.

'In light of this new information, between 15 and 19 November 2012, The FA interviewed the players who were in the vicinity of the alleged incident, and re-interviewed John Obi Mikel and the match officials.

'Chelsea FC was offered the opportunity to provide any further information or evidence that they believed could be relevant to the allegation.

'The FA then sought advice on the evidence gathered from independent Queen's Counsel.

'The evidence for the allegation came from one witness, Ramires. Ramires, whose first language is not English, explained that his instinctive reaction was to seek confirmation from John Obi Mikel as to what the referee had said.

'John Obi Mikel, who was being spoken to by the referee, was much closer to the referee than Ramires and did not hear what it is suggested was said to him.

Three other witnesses, i.e. the other match officials, to whom everything said by referee was relayed via their communication equipment, are adamant the alleged words were not uttered.

'There is nothing in the video footage to support the allegation.

'For completeness, but of lesser weight, two other players, whose first language is English and were in the vicinity, did not hear anything untoward.

'Having considered all of the available evidence it was the opinion of David Waters QC, independent counsel, that the evidence of Ramires was not supported by any other evidence.

'Moreover it was contradicted by other witnesses and does not cross the evidential threshold required to bring a charge against Mark Clattenburg.

'Having considered Counsel's opinion, and in view of all the circumstances of the case, The FA does not believe that there is a case for Mr Clattenburg to answer.

'Equally The FA is satisfied that the allegation against Mark Clattenburg by Ramires was made in good faith. It is entirely possible for a witness to be genuinely mistaken and convincing in his belief.

'The FA receives and investigates numerous allegations of misconduct over the course of a season. All allegations are properly investigated. It is not uncommon for investigations to lead to no disciplinary charge being brought.

'The FA encourages all players who believe they have been either subject, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report the matter immediately to the match officials on the day.

'Furthermore, all Participants are advised to report any such alleged misconduct to The FA. In this case, the player and club were correct in reporting the matter to The FA and it was appropriate and proper for such an allegation to be thoroughly investigated.'

John Terry: Chelsea save seat for captain in team photo

Hurry back! Chelsea show support for captain Terry by saving seat in team photo

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UPDATED:

08:47 GMT, 28 September 2012

John Terry may be facing an uncertain future after being found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the Football Association but his Chelsea team-mates are in no hurry to cast him adrift.

The Stamford Bridge captain was handed a four-match ban and fined 220,000 on Thursday despite being cleared by a court in the summer.

Terry has already retired from international football but his club side showed they will welcome him back with open arms after leaving a space for him in a team photograph.

In our thoughts: Chelsea pose for a team photograph but leave a set for the absent John Terry

In our thoughts: Chelsea pose for a team photograph but leave a set for the absent John Terry

A seat was left empty next to manager Roberto Di Matteo as the Chelsea squad posed for Dolce & Gabbana.

The FA’s independent four-man panel meanwhile left a significant stain on an already battered reputation when they made their decision. Terry has lost the England captaincy, chosen to retire from international football and seen major sponsors desert him.

As Sportsmail revealed at the time, Umbro were quick to remove Terry from their major advertising campaigns last season and had no intention of renewing a multi-million pound deal that expired in the summer.

The verdict will be followed by a written report in the next week. It took 10 days to issue the report on the Luis Suarez case, but the FA hope to be faster on this occasion.

Back in action: John Terry arrived for Chelsea training at Cobham on Friday

Back in action: John Terry arrived for Chelsea training at Cobham on Friday

In their statement, the FA made it clear the 31-year-old had been punished for using racist language towards Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October.

They said: ‘The Football Association charged Mr Terry with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2] in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

‘Mr Terry has the right to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.’

John Terry returns to Chelsea after race verdict

Terry returns to Chelsea training with uncertain future after FA find him guilty in Ferdinand race case

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09:02 GMT, 28 September 2012

John Terry was back at Chelsea on Friday morning for the first time since being found guilty of racist abuse by the FA.

The Blues skipper drove into their Cobham training ground at around 9am as he considers an appeal.

His future is shrouded in uncertainty after he was banned for four matches by the FA and fined a record 220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Terry expressed his 'disappointment', claiming the verdict went against his acquittal at Westminster Magistrates Court in July.

But the FA’s independent four-man panel left a significant stain on an already battered reputation. Terry has lost the England captaincy, chosen to retire from international football and seen major sponsors desert him.

Back: John Terry drives into Chelsea's training ground on Friday morning

Back: John Terry drives into Chelsea's training ground on Friday morning

Support: In Thursday's Dolce & Gabbana photoshoot, Juan Mata tweeted this picture of Terry's empty seat while he was away at his FA hearing at Wembley Stadium

Support: In Thursday's Dolce & Gabbana photoshoot, Juan Mata tweeted this picture of Terry's empty seat while he was away at his FA hearing at Wembley Stadium

As Sportsmail revealed at the time, Umbro
were quick to remove Terry from their major advertising campaigns last
season and had no intention of renewing a multi-million pound deal that
expired in the summer.

The verdict will be followed by a written report in the next week. It took 10 days to issue the report on the Luis Suarez case, but the FA hope to be faster on this occasion.

In their statement, the FA made it clear the 31-year-old had been punished for using racist language towards Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October.

Back in action: Terry featured against Wolves on Tuesday night

Back in action: Terry featured against Wolves on Tuesday night

They said: ‘The Football Association charged Mr Terry with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2] in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

‘Mr Terry has the right to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.’

The fine for using the words ‘f****** black ****’ is the highest ever levied on an individual by the FA. It may be no coincidence that it corresponds to Terry’s weekly wage at Chelsea. Suarez was fined 40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last season and in setting that figure, the independent panel said they ‘took account of the information that was placed before us about his weekly salary’.

All parties concerned stressed that they would wait for the written report before considering their next move.

Ferdinand, who was among those who gave evidence over the three-day hearing at Wembley this week, will not respond until he has read the full report. The FA have adopted the same position. They could appeal, arguing that four matches is not enough, but that is considered unlikely.

Chelsea, who ban for life any fan who uses racist language at Stamford Bridge, also want to see the report. A statement read: ‘Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today’s decision. We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further.’

Precedent: Suarez (left) was banned for eight matches last season

Precedent: Suarez (left) was banned for eight matches last season

Cleared: Terry faced a court case earlier this summer regarding the same incident

Cleared: Terry faced a court case earlier this summer regarding the same incident

A spokesman for Terry said the player
was ‘disappointed’ the FA had reached a ‘different conclusion’ from the
‘not guilty verdict of a court of law’.

The
FA also came in for criticism. Why was Terry’s ban only four matches
when Suarez received eight for racially abusing Manchester United’s
Patrice Evra

And why,
once again, has a verdict been issued without a simultaneous written
explanation that removes any questions about the punishment.

Old pals: Jose Mourinho has defended his former captain, saying he is not a racist

Old pals: Jose Mourinho has defended his former captain, saying he is not a racist

Twitter on Terry

On the latter point, the FA will
argue that it is part of their disciplinary process. Some mitigation has
to follow the verdict before a written report is then submitted by the
QC leading the panel.

The
identity of the panellists — beyond former England winger Stuart
Ripley, now a sports lawyer — remained a closely guarded secret because they wish to limit the personal abuse they might receive
in such a high- profile case.

In
the eyes of many, the length of the ban does seem bizarre. For that
particular FA charge the statutory punishment is four matches and Suarez
received more because he repeated the word ‘negro’.

But a four-match ban for the use of racist language does seem lenient. Last season Ruesha Littlejohn, at the time a player for Liverpool Ladies, received a six-match ban for tweeting a joke that made reference to sexual orientation.

As Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘The FA find John Terry guilty and give him a 4 match ban and 220K fine. Just one game more than a regular red card’

Lord Ouseley, the chairman of football’s anti-racism body Kick It Out, said he hoped football could learn from this case.

'This isn’t about John Terry being a racist and clearly no-one should be accusing him and nobody has accused him of that,' he said. 'But we’ve all got to pull collectively to move forward in a way that makes football a better place where the sort of language that is used every day and on the field of play has to stop.'

JOHN TERRY – HIGHS AND LOWS

HIGH – Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in October 1998.

LOW – Is one of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

LOW – In 2002, Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup by the FA until the legal case is completed.

HIGH – Makes England debut as substitute against Serbia and Montenegro in June 2003.

HIGH – Appointed Chelsea captain as the successor to Marcel Desailly in August 2004.

HIGH – Succeeds David Beckham as England captain in August 2006.

Moscow tears

LOW – Misses crucial kick in a penalty shoot-out to decide the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, who go on to lift the trophy.

LOW – In December 2009, Chelsea are forced to defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground.

LOW – In January 2010, Terry is named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French model Vanessa Perroncel, a former partner of team-mate Wayne Bridge.

LOW – Is axed as England captain in February following a meeting with Fabio Capello.

LOW – Bridge refuses to shake Terry's hand before Chelsea's match with Manchester City on February 27.

HIGH – Is restored to the role of permanent England captain by Capello in March 2011.

LOW – In October 2011, Terry is accused of making a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR. A police investigation is launched which culminates in the Crown Prosecution Service announcing that charges would be brought. In February 2012, West London Magistrates' Court rules that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9.

Snub

LOW – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time on February 3. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello. Capello resigns as England manager on February 8, two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

HIGH – Terry captains Chelsea to a famous 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final encounter at Stamford Bridge on April 18.

LOW – A week later, Chelsea's hopes in the second leg at the Nou Camp are hit when Terry is shown a straight red card for inexplicably kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind in the first half.

HIGH – Is cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 13 of making a racist insult to Ferdinand, but two weeks later is charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards the QPR defender. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

LOW – Announces his retirement from international football on September 23, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.

LOW – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.

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John Terry race case: FA find Chelsea captain guilty

The pariah: Terry faces uncertain future after FA find him guilty in Ferdinand race case

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23:11 GMT, 27 September 2012

John Terry's future was shrouded in uncertainty after he was banned for four matches by the FA and fined a record 220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Terry expressed his 'disappointment', claiming the verdict went against his acquittal at Westminster Magistrates Court in July.

But the FA’s independent four-man panel left a significant stain on an already battered reputation. Terry has lost the England captaincy, chosen to retire from international football and seen major sponsors desert him.

Day four: Terry received a four-match ban

Day four: Terry received a four-match ban

Day four: Terry arrived at Wembley with a verdict imminent

As Sportsmail revealed at the time, Umbro
were quick to remove Terry from their major advertising campaigns last
season and had no intention of renewing a multi-million pound deal that
expired in the summer.

The verdict will be followed by a written report in the next week. It took 10 days to issue the report on the Luis Suarez case, but the FA hope to be faster on this occasion.

In their statement, the FA made it clear the 31-year-old had been punished for using racist language towards Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October.

Back in action: Terry featured against Wolves on Tuesday night

Back in action: Terry featured against Wolves on Tuesday night

They said: ‘The Football Association charged Mr Terry with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2] in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

‘Mr Terry has the right to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.’

The fine for using the words ‘f****** black ****’ is the highest ever levied on an individual by the FA. It may be no coincidence that it corresponds to Terry’s weekly wage at Chelsea. Suarez was fined 40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last season and in setting that figure, the independent panel said they ‘took account of the information that was placed before us about his weekly salary’.

All parties concerned stressed last night that they would wait for the written report before considering their next move.

Ferdinand, who was among those who gave evidence over the three-day hearing at Wembley this week, will not respond until he has read the full report. The FA have adopted the same position. They could appeal, arguing that four matches is not enough, but that is considered unlikely.

Chelsea, who ban for life any fan who uses racist language at Stamford Bridge, also want to see the report. A statement read: ‘Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today’s decision. We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further.’

Precedent: Suarez (left) was banned for eight matches last season

Precedent: Suarez (left) was banned for eight matches last season

Cleared: Terry faced a court case earlier this summer regarding the same incident

Cleared: Terry faced a court case earlier this summer regarding the same incident

A spokesman for Terry said the player
was ‘disappointed’ the FA had reached a ‘different conclusion’ from the
‘not guilty verdict of a court of law’.

The
FA also came in for criticism. Why was Terry’s ban only four matches
when Suarez received eight for racially abusing Manchester United’s
Patrice Evra

And why,
once again, has a verdict been issued without a simultaneous written
explanation that removes any questions about the punishment.

Old pals: Jose Mourinho has defended his former captain, saying he is not a racist

Old pals: Jose Mourinho has defended his former captain, saying he is not a racist

Twitter on Terry

On the latter point, the FA will
argue that it is part of their disciplinary process. Some mitigation has
to follow the verdict before a written report is then submitted by the
QC leading the panel.

The
identity of the panellists — beyond former England winger Stuart
Ripley, now a sports lawyer — remained a closely guarded secret last
night because they wish to limit the personal abuse they might receive
in such a high- profile case.

In
the eyes of many, the length of the ban does seem bizarre. For that
particular FA charge the statutory punishment is four matches and Suarez
received more because he repeated the word ‘negro’.

But a four-match ban for the use of racist language does seem lenient. Last season Ruesha Littlejohn, at the time a player for Liverpool Ladies, received a six-match ban for tweeting a joke that made reference to sexual orientation.

As Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘The FA find John Terry guilty and give him a 4 match ban and 220K fine. Just one game more than a regular red card’

Lord Ouseley, the chairman of football’s anti-racism body Kick It Out, said he hoped football could learn from this case.

'This isn’t about John Terry being a racist and clearly no-one should be accusing him and nobody has accused him of that,' he said. 'But we’ve all got to pull collectively to move forward in a way that makes football a better place where the sort of language that is used every day and on the field of play has to stop.'

JOHN TERRY – HIGHS AND LOWS

HIGH – Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in October 1998.

LOW – Is one of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

LOW – In 2002, Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup by the FA until the legal case is completed.

HIGH – Makes England debut as substitute against Serbia and Montenegro in June 2003.

HIGH – Appointed Chelsea captain as the successor to Marcel Desailly in August 2004.

HIGH – Succeeds David Beckham as England captain in August 2006.

Moscow tears

LOW – Misses crucial kick in a penalty shoot-out to decide the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, who go on to lift the trophy.

LOW – In December 2009, Chelsea are forced to defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground.

LOW – In January 2010, Terry is named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French model Vanessa Perroncel, a former partner of team-mate Wayne Bridge.

LOW – Is axed as England captain in February following a meeting with Fabio Capello.

LOW – Bridge refuses to shake Terry's hand before Chelsea's match with Manchester City on February 27.

HIGH – Is restored to the role of permanent England captain by Capello in March 2011.

LOW – In October 2011, Terry is accused of making a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR. A police investigation is launched which culminates in the Crown Prosecution Service announcing that charges would be brought. In February 2012, West London Magistrates' Court rules that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9.

Snub

LOW – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time on February 3. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello. Capello resigns as England manager on February 8, two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

HIGH – Terry captains Chelsea to a famous 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final encounter at Stamford Bridge on April 18.

LOW – A week later, Chelsea's hopes in the second leg at the Nou Camp are hit when Terry is shown a straight red card for inexplicably kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind in the first half.

HIGH – Is cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 13 of making a racist insult to Ferdinand, but two weeks later is charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards the QPR defender. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

LOW – Announces his retirement from international football on September 23, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.

LOW – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.

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John Terry found guilty by FA in race row

Terry slapped with four-game ban after FA find him guilty in Ferdinand race case

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UPDATED:

14:46 GMT, 27 September 2012

John Terry has been banned for four matches and fined 220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

Chelsea's skipper denied the charge but the commission ruled that he was guilty of misconduct during the Blues' Barclays Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23 last year.

The 31-year-old, who on Sunday announced his retirement from international football, can lodge an appeal against the panel's decision.

Day four: Terry received a four-match ban

Day four: Terry received a four-match ban

Day four: Terry arrived at Wembley with a verdict imminent

Terry's representatives, Elite
Management, said in a statement released on his behalf: 'Mr Terry is
disappointed that the FA Regulatory Commission has reached a different
conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law.

'He has asked for the detailed written
reasons of the decision and will consider them carefully before
deciding whether to lodge an appeal.'

An FA statement said: 'An independent
regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against
John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four
matches and a fine of 220,000, pending appeal.

'The Football Association charged Mr
Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words
and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and which
included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2] in
relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at
Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

Back in action: Terry featured against Wolves on Tuesday night

Back in action: Terry featured against Wolves on Tuesday night

'The charge was the result of The FA's
long-standing investigation into this matter, which was placed on hold
at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service and Mr Terry's
representatives pending the outcome of the criminal trial.

'The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows:

Mr Terry be suspended from all
domestic club football until such time as Chelsea's First Team have
completed four competitive matches.
Fined the sum of 220,000.

'The independent regulatory commission
will provide written reasons for its decision in due course. Mr Terry
has the right to appeal the decision of the independent regulatory
commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days
from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.

'The penalty is suspended until after
the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should
Mr Terry decide not to appeal. The reason for this is to ensure that the
penalty does not take effect before any appeal so that Mr Terry has an
effective right of appeal.'

Chelsea released their own statement which read: 'Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry.

Precedent: Suarez (left) was banned for eight matches last season

Precedent: Suarez (left) was banned for eight matches last season

'We also recognise that John has the
right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to
comment further on the matter at this time.'

The case centred around an incident during Chelsea's Barclays Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23 last year when the pair clashed verbally on a number of occasions.

Terry was found not guilty in Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a racially-aggravated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” as an insult.

Terry admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

Cleared: Terry faced a court case earlier this summer regarding the same incident

Cleared: Terry faced a court case earlier this summer regarding the same incident

Chelsea and England team-mate Ashley
Cole gave evidence that helped exonerate Terry, telling the court: 'We
shouldn't be sitting here'.

The FA's decision to press ahead with
their own charges infuriated Terry to the extent that on the eve of the
disciplinary hearing he announced he was quitting international football
with immediate effect, saying his position was 'untenable'.

Terry's legal team had argued the
governing body's own rules dictated that his acquittal in court meant
the case could not proceed but the FA believed their charge was distinct
from the court charge.

The panel who handed Liverpool striker
Luis Suarez an eight-match ban when they found him guilty of racially
abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season declared at
that time that simply using racist language was enough to constitute a
breach of FA rules.

JOHN TERRY – HIGHS AND LOWS

HIGH – Makes Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in October 1998.

LOW – Is one of four players fined two weeks' wages by Chelsea after their behaviour at a Heathrow hotel is criticised on the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

LOW – In 2002, Terry and Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris are cleared after being charged with assault and affray in connection with a nightclub incident. Terry, uncapped at the time, is ruled out of the World Cup by the FA until the legal case is completed.

HIGH – Makes England debut as substitute against Serbia and Montenegro in June 2003.

HIGH – Appointed Chelsea captain as the successor to Marcel Desailly in August 2004.

HIGH – Succeeds David Beckham as England captain in August 2006.

LOW – Misses crucial kick in a penalty shoot-out to decide the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, who go on to lift the trophy.

LOW – In December 2009, Chelsea are forced to defend Terry after allegations he took secret cash payments to lay on a behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground.

LOW – In January 2010, Terry is named as the sportsman behind a gagging injunction involving his private life. A court order had previously been in place, covering an alleged relationship between married Terry and French model Vanessa Perroncel, a former partner of team-mate Wayne Bridge.

LOW – Is axed as England captain in February following a meeting with Fabio Capello.

LOW – Bridge refuses to shake Terry's hand before Chelsea's match with Manchester City on February 27.

HIGH – Is restored to the role of permanent England captain by Capello in March 2011.

LOW – In October 2011, Terry is accused of making a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR. A police investigation is launched which culminates in the Crown Prosecution Service announcing that charges would be brought. In February 2012, West London Magistrates' Court rules that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9.

LOW – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time on February 3. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello. Capello resigns as England manager on February 8, two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

HIGH – Terry captains Chelsea to a famous 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final encounter at Stamford Bridge on April 18.

LOW – A week later, Chelsea's hopes in the second leg at the Nou Camp are hit when Terry is shown a straight red card for inexplicably kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind in the first half.

HIGH – Is cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 13 of making a racist insult to Ferdinand, but two weeks later is charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards the QPR defender. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

LOW – Announces his retirement from international football on September 23, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.

LOW – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.

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EXCLUSIVE: FA won"t ask John Terry to submit his phone

EXCLUSIVE: FA won't ask Terry to submit his phone ahead of Ferdinand race hearing

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 10 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

The Football Association will not ask John Terry to submit his mobile phone records before appearing at the hearing into the racist allegations against him.

Terry has been charged by the FA with using 'abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour' towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand, including 'a reference to ethnic origin and/ or colour and/or race'.

John Terry (right) will not be asked to hand over his mobile phone ahead of the FA's hearing

John Terry (right) will not be asked to hand over his mobile phone ahead of the FA's hearing

It was thought that the phone records could shed some light on what happened that day, even though they were not used in evidence when Terry was acquitted of a racially aggravated public order offence at West London Magistrates' Court in July.

As it remains a relatively minor offence in the eyes of the law, the Metropolitan Police were not able to seize Terry's phone records or those of Ferdinand or other witnesses.

But it was believed that an FA Independent Regulatory Commission could have requested the phone records in an attempt to better understand what happened on the pitch and afterwards in the dressing room area at Loftus Road on October 23.

Sportsmail understands, however, that the FA have no plans to make such a request.

Terry played for England against Moldova on Friday but it is believed he had become deeply disillusioned with the FA for deciding to press on with their case despite his acquittal.

A hearing that does not include his personal phone records as evidence would certainly be regarded as less confrontational by the Chelsea captain.

Terry was charged by the FA with using 'abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour' towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand (left)

Terry was charged by the FA with using 'abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour' towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand (left)

Out: Terry sustained an injury during England's match against Moldova on Friday

Out: Terry sustained an injury during England's match against Moldova on Friday

Steve Evans ban: Six matches and 3,000 fine

Rotherham boss Evans hit with six-match stadium ban and fine over lewd act during melee

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 10 September 2012

Controversial manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined 3,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of using abusive and insulting words and behaviour with a reference to gender.

The charge against the Rotherham boss, which dates back to when he was at Crawley, relates to a League Two match against Bradford City in March.

The Rotherham boss was accused of pulling
down his trousers in front of the woman on the night of the
ill-tempered clash which ended amid farcical scenes with five players
shown red cards.

Hot water: Steve Evans has been hit with six-match stadium ban and fine

Hot water: Steve Evans has been hit with six-match stadium ban and fine

At some point afterwards, it was said Evans was seen to perform the lewd act outside the changing rooms.

Evans left his post at Crawley, who subsequently won promotion to League One, in April to become Rotherham manager.

An FA statement read: 'Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held on Wednesday 5 September 2012, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined 3000.

'Mr Evans was charged with using abusive
and/or indecent and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a
participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the
Bradford City versus Crawley Town Football League Two fixture on 27
March 2012.

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'It was further alleged that the breach included a reference to gender, a breach of FA Rule E3(2). Mr Evans denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.

'The Commission found that Mr Evans had used abusive and insulting words and behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the fixture which did include a reference to gender. The Commission did not find that Mr Evans had used indecent words or behaviour.

'Mr Evans has informed The Football Association that he does not wish to appeal the decision and therefore the sanction is now imposed with immediate effect.

'The stadium ban will prevent Mr Evans from attending the ground at which Rotherham United's first team are playing at any time during a match day.'

Evans expressed his disappointment at the decision but added in a statement: 'For the good of Rotherham United I accept the verdict and will move on with no further comment.'

A club statement read: 'Rotherham United acknowledge the decision of the FA today and will work closely with Steve Evans to ensure the penalty imposed does not affect our objectives for this season.

'The club wishes to stress that there will be no further comment on this matter.'