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Terry apologizes, accepts ban for racial abuse

Chelsea defender John Terry apologized for using language including a reference to "color and/or race" on Thursday, and will not appeal a suspension and fine from the English Football Association.

The FA banned Terry four matches and fined $355,000 late last month for "using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behavior" toward Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, and has decided to accept the punishment.

"I want to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October," Terry said.

"Although I'm disappointed with the FA judgement, I accept that the language I used, regardless of the context, is not acceptable on the football field or indeed in any walk of life."

The 31-year-old Terry was cleared in a criminal trial in July of racial abuse, but was found guilty of the charges by the FA.

"Looking forward," Terry said, "I will continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behavior from football."

Chelsea has also decided to take action against Terry, but the punishment will "remain confidential."