Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Guilty' Terry Keeps Captaincy at Chelsea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Guilty' Terry Keeps Captaincy at Chelsea

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Byline: Simon Johnson

CHELSEA coach Roberto di Matteo today confirmed that John Terry will remain as club captain despite being found guilty of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, who has told the Italian that he is ready to face the Arsenal boo-boys tomorrow, was hit by a four-game Football Association ban and [pounds sterling]220,000 fine yesterday.

He is expected to face a hostile reception at Emirates Stadium, where he is free to play despite the ban as he is still waiting to see the official report into the four-man independent panel's findings, which could determine whether he appeals.

When asked if Terry would retain the captain's armband, Di Matteo said: "From our point of view there is no changes."

The Chelsea boss also expressed confidence that Terry would be able to cope with any abuse he receives from the home fans in what is set to be a highly-charged London derby tomorrow lunchtime.

"He's an experienced player, playing many games before, difficult games under difficult circumstances and environments," said Di Matteo. "So if selected I don't think there will be a problem.

"The spirit in the camp is good, we are in good shape, and good form. We are confident so we don't really care too much the way the outside world, the external environment sees us, we have to focus on our strength, that's the way we operate.

"It's a big game every time Arsenal and Chelsea play each other. These are two teams in good form. I think it's going to be an exciting game, I'm looking forward to it."

Terry has spent most of this week attending the hearing at Wembley but he did play 90 minutes against Wolves in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

The FA's decision has come as a major blow to Terry, who quit international football on the eve of his hearing on Sunday night. …

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