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    John Terry has been banned for four games after a Football Association panel found him guilty of using racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a match at Loftus Road in October.

    Terry, 31 - who announced his decision to retire from international football before the start of the FA hearing, saying the association had made his position with the national team "untenable" - has also been fined 220,000.

    The FA had charged the Chelsea captain "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".

    A hearing into the charge against Terry began at Wembley on Monday, and could theoretically have lasted until Friday.

    In a statement, the FA said: "The decision 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, and fined the sum of 220,000."

    The FA said the commission would provide written reason for its decision "in due course". Terry has 14 days after receiving the written reasons for the decision in which to appeal.

    A statement from the former England captain's management said he was "disappointed" by the punishment.

    The prosecution in Terry's London court case had been unable to prove that he had called Ferdinand a "f****** black c***'' as an insult. He claimed to have been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

    Delivering his verdict after a five-day trial at Westminster Magistrates Court, Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said: "Even with all the help the court has received from television footage, expert lip readers, witnesses and indeed counsel, it is impossible to be sure exactly what were [all] the words spoken by Mr Terry at the relevant time."



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