A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
John Terry has accepted the FA charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and so will not appeal either the 4 match ban or £220,000 fine. The club have announced they will be taking further punitive action against the defender, but have not released any details of what that will entail.
Terry’s statement included an apology for the language he used:
“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.”
Football equality group Kick it Out have welcolmed what the club and Terry have said, but also criticised Chelsea for not releasing the details of the punishment they will give to Terry is. Their chairman, Lord Herman Ouseley, said:
"A lot of people will be dissatisfied that Chelsea have not been much more up front about the standards they set and the values they have. "If they are not prepared to say, it will further damage the trust of those people who still have suspicions about Chelsea's sincerity in dealing with this matter.”
Lord Ousely said that he would also be seeking an explanation from Chelsea over their stance on the matter over the previous 12 months.
The FA have fined Ashley Cole £90,000 as a result of his tweet last week, Cole has accepted the charge of bringing the game into disrepute. The fine is the largest ever handed out by the FA in relation to social media, and is double the £45,000 Ferdinand was fined for his “choc ice” tweet earlier this year.
Ahead of the weekend’s clash with Tottenham the Spurs’ manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted the game is not about personal revenge. He went on to say it Spurs as a club who will seek revenge on Chelsea, who stopped them qualifying for the Champions League through their winning the trophy.
There have been reports from Brazilian club Santos that deny they are interested in signing Florent Malouda, who is currently out of favour at Stamford Bridge. Although they admit they talked to Malouda a few months ago, they now say they are not negotiating with him.
Neymar has stated it is he who will decide his future, not the investment group that own 40% of his playings rights. Despite being linked with several European giants over the past year, but has said on several occasions he would like stay in Brazil until after the World Cup being held there in 2014.
Chelsea were dealt another blow in their striker search as Marseilles’ Loic Remy said he would not be leaving the club in January. Remy has been linked with Chelsea as a possible replacement for Daniel Sturridge said:
"I will not leave the club this winter. In football anything can happen, but I am not a candidate for departure."
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