It would be fair to say that the past few days haven’t exactly gone to plan for the Blues and John Terry, with the Stamford Bridge favourite being hit by a four match ban and a £220,000 fine for racially abusing Anton Fedinand. However, despite the punishment, it looks as though JT will be included in the squad to face QPR as his ban still has fourteen days to come into action.
The 31-year-old was incredibly handed the punishment on Thursday, even though he had been cleared by a court of law in July. There has been something of an uproar following the decision and JT is understood to be furious about the whole situation. However, while an appeal would seem to be on the cards, he will want to study the entire reasoning behind the decision. He will have fourteen days to do this – meaning that the punishment will not come into effect for another two weeks and the defender will be able to play during that period.
The club seem to be sitting on the fence about the circumstances at the moment, with an official statement reading, “Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today’s decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry. 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.”
However, whether or not they change their stance once Terry has made his decision is another matter. While they have publically backed the player through the course of the last few months, their approach may change somewhat now the player has been found guilty by the FA. They have been known to have a zero-tolerance policy towards racism although after the player was cleared in a court of law, they may take this verdict a little more lightly.