Chelsea's Terry banned 4 games for racial abuse

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ALTERNATE CROP OF LLP101  Former England soccer captain John Terry drives out of Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, where the Football Association hearing on a racism charge against him was held. Terry's racism hearing started Monday, a day after the 31-year-old Chelsea defender quit England duty in protest at the case being pursued by the Football Association. Terry was charged by the FA despite being cleared in court of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match in October. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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ALTERNATE CROP OF LLP101 Former England soccer captain John Terry drives out of Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, where the Football Association hearing on a racism charge against him was held. Terry's racism hearing started Monday, a day after the 31-year-old Chelsea defender quit England duty in protest at the case being pursued by the Football Association. Terry was charged by the FA despite being cleared in court of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match in October. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four matches for racially abusing an opponent.

The former England captain also was fined $356,000 by The English Football Association for abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game in October 2011.

Both sanctions are on hold pending appeal. Terry was punished by the FA despite being cleared by a criminal court in July of a racially aggravated public order offense.

Before his FA hearing Monday, Terry announced his retirement from international soccer.

He is the second Premier League player in a year to be banned for racism. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was cited for abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

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