John Terry: Chelsea Star Will Remain Blues' Captain Despite Fine, Suspension

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Chelsea's John Terry acknowledges the fans after Chelsea defeats Arsenal at the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Chelsea star John Terry will continue to wear the captain's armband for Roberto Di Matteo's Blues, despite being fined and suspended by the club following his racial abuse incident last October, according to the Associated Press (via

Both Chelsea and Terry are hoping to move on from the incident, which has dominated talk about the club for the past year now. 

This was Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck on Terry's status, per the Associated Press (via

John will continue to be captain of the club. We have taken disciplinary action and we think it is firm disciplinary action and appropriate for the circumstances.

We have kept in mind first of all that a court of criminal law found him not guilty. Of course we also note the FA decision and we certainly respect that decision. 

This is not a decision we've taken lightly, it's not a decision we took in a half-hour meeting. We discussed it over a long period of time.

The 31-year-old was fined a record 220,000 pounds ($352,000) by the Football Association for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers last year. He has since apologized for using inappropriate language, but has maintained his stance of innocence. 

Terry did not play in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at White Hart Lane. Chelsea's captain last played on October 6 in the Blues' 4-1 win over Norwich City.

Chelsea currently sits atop the English Premier League table after eight matches this fall.


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