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John Terry found guilty by FA

GUILTY: John Terry

CHELSEA CAPTAIN John Terry has been banned for four matches and fined £220,000 following the incident involving QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The player was sensationally cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand in a criminal case last July. But has now been punished by the sport's governing body.

Terry now has 14 days from receiving the written reasons for the decision to lodge an appeal. No ban from playing matches will come into force until the appeals procedure is complete.

Terry was said to have jumped before he was pushed when he announced his retirement from international football on Sunday, the day before the hearing started.

He accused the FA of forcing his hand after the governing body pressed on with charges relating to the alleged incident during a match between Chelsea and QPR in October last year.

"I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable," he said in a statement.

It was thought that Terry's courtroom acquittal would be the end of the matter, as the FA's rule book states that the result of any previous legal action concerning the same matter will be "presumed to be correct".

However, Terry had admitted in court that he used racist language against Ferdinand but said he was merely repeating what he believed Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

Last season, the independent panel who gave Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra said just using racist language was enough to constitute a breach of FA rules.

Capped 78 times by his country, Terry was selected for this year's European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine. England manager Roy Hodgson caused a pre tournament storm when he left out Terry's long-time international central defensive partner Rio Ferdinand, Anton's older brother.

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