FA question Terry and Cole statements
The FA's Regulatory Commission have revealed the reasons behind their decision to ban John Terry over the Anton Ferdinand incident.
The report from the Regulatory Commission stated they dismissed Terry's defence of repeating a racial slur Ferdinand accused him of using and instead decided he had lost his cool in the heat of the moment. The panel found the Chelsea skipper's defence was "improbable, implausible and contrived" and was "quite satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that there is no credible basis for the defence that...the words were directed at Ferdinand by way of forceful rejection and/or inquiry." The FA's written report states Terry used the phrase as a direct insult towards the QPR defender but has only handed him a four game ban - rather than eight matches like Liverpool's Luis Suarez received - because he didn't repeat the slur. The Commission said it was satisfied "that Mr Terry is not a racist" but seriously questioned the statement given by Ashley Cole in the defence of his team mate. The FA say there were discrepancies in Cole's initial statement, revealing he did not mention the word 'black' when he spoke about the incident before Chelsea club secretary David Barnard asked for the word to be inserted into his statement at a later date.