Chelsea's John Terry found guilty of racial abuse

  • Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four domestic matches after a hearing found him guilty of racial abuse, the English Football Association (FA) announced on Thursday.

    Terry appeared before a FA disciplinary committee over charges that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last October.

    The ex-England skipper, 31, was acquitted over the incident by Westminster Magistrates' Court in July.

    "(John) is disappointed that the FA commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law," Terry's solicitors said.

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

    Terry was also fined $357,000. The penalty will be suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, which must be received within 14 days.