John Terry has been found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand after an FA panel announced its decision this afternoon. Terry had been previously acquitted by Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a public order offence. Terry has been fined £220,000 by the FA, and handed a four game ban. He has 14 days to appeal the decision, and the ban will not kick in until after the fortnight permitting him to challenge the decision is over. Terry's representatives have said they will review the written judgement before deciding whether to appeal.
Marko Marin believes Arsenal will come up against their hardest challenge of this season yet when the Blues travel to the Emirates. ‘I’m not sure they have played against a team so good,’ he said, and added that teammate Branislav Ivanovic will be able to contain Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski. Upon his own return to the first-team midweek in the League Cup game against Wolves, Marin is hoping for more playing time in Saturday’s lunchtime game against Arsenal and asserted that he is full fitness.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has called on the FA to ban any players that are caught diving for three games. His comment comes following last week’s 1-0 loss at Chelsea where Oscar and Ivanovic were involved in diving incidents and Pulis believes Ivanovic should be given a three-game ban for simulation without contact.
Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s trip to the Emirates that his Arsenal team will not miss Didier Drogba. Drogba scored 13 goals in 14 games against the Gunners and Wenger joked: ‘We don’t miss him. He did a lot of damage against us’.
Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge remain doubts for the Arsenal game. Lampard has taken part in light training and should have recovered for the London derby but Sturridge is unlikely to feature leaving Fernando Torres as the only recognisable striker. However, Victor Moses believes he can fill a striking role if he were to be called upon after playing the last 15 minutes in the position against Wolves on Tuesday night.
Chelsea will host Manchester United in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. The game will be played in the week commencing 29 October and the League Cup tie will follow the Premier League tie between the two sides due to be played on the 28th October at Stamford Bridge.
Reported Chelsea target Oscar Cardozo looks unlikely to move away from club Benfica as he is set to agree on a contract extension with his release clause rising to £47.7m. The tall striker’s physical style had attracted the attentions of Premier League club but the 29-year-old will sign a new deal with Benfica, according to TalkSport.
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