Chelsea captain Terry to discover fate of FA charge
Thursday 27 September 2012
John Terry is expected to receive on Thursday the verdict in his Football Association charge for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Chelsea captain has been at Wembley throughout the week to give evidence to the independent panel that will deliver a decision.
Terry, who also played for Chelsea in their 6-0 Capital One Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday, spent eight hours at the national stadium on Wednesday and, the Telegraph notes, was told a verdict would be reached on Thursday.
The newspaper adds that if Terry is found guilty, a four-match ban is considered possible, but the length or severity of any punishment is solely down to the panel rather than the FA. FA guidelines, however, advise that the sanction for a racially aggravated offence should be doubled.
Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence by a London Magistrates court in July but the FA charge of “using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or ¬colour and/or race” was brought by the governing body later.
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