It has been almost a week since the FA announced their verdict on John Terry and their decision to find him guilty of a racism charge, but they have still not published their written judgement and reasons for the decision. It is however reported that the FA intend to do so before the weekend. Terry has himself said he will wait until they are published before deciding with his legal team whether to appeal.
Another twist is that it has been claimed the FA can appeal the decision of their own independent panel, and ask for the ban to be extended. There has been criticism of the four-game ban in many quarters that it is inconsistent with the eight-game punlishment handed to Luis Suarez for a similar offence.
Following the club's 4-0 demolition of FC Nordsjaelland last night in the Champions League, manager Roberto di Matteo has warned there is plenty of improvement needed ahead. The Blues now face back-to-back games against Shakhtar Donetsk, and the boss stated; "They are a good team, it will be hard for us to qualify." It is emerging as a three-horse race between Juventus, Chelsea, and Shakhtar, with the Italians drawing with the Ukrainian side last night. Chelsea and Shakhtar both sit on four points, while Juventus have two, but will expect to win both their next two against the Danish minnows.
Jores Okora, who was handed the task of marking Fernando Torres last night, says that he hopes his performance has shown he has what it takes to play in the Premier League. The defender praised the Blues, adding 'Every defender dreams of playing for Chelsea.'
Today on Here Is The City we take a look at Thorgan Hazard's start to life at Zulte-Waregem, where he is on loan from Chelsea. He put in an impressive performance at the weekend in a 4-1 win for his side, and we bring you the details here.
David Luiz has stated he 'works hard on free kicks', after his stunner against Nordsjaelland last night. The Brazilian's strike has even been compared to one of Cristiano Ronaldo's efforts in the Brazilian media. He also added that despite the 4-0 scoreline, the match was a tough one and praised the Danish opponents.
Chelsea's NextGen side have emerged victorious from their trip to Russia this evening. Jeremy Boga's goal was enough to earn them a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow.
And finally, Chelsea have won another trophy, albeit their under-15 side. The youngsters triumphed at a tournament held by the FA in the country's new coaching facility in Burton-on-Trent, which took place over three days.
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