The Football Association has banned Chelsea captain John Terry for four games.
Terry has also been handed a £220,000 fine after the disciplinary panel revealed their verdict at Wembley following four-days of evidence.
Despite being found not guilty in a magistrates’ court for the same incident in July, the independent regulatory commission found the 31-year-old guilty of a charge that he directed abusive language with a racial connotation towards an opponent.
The charge relates to a high-profile incident between Terry and QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23rd during a Premier League match.
It has also led to Terry, who has pleaded his innocence throughout, retiring from international football with England.
The centre back has 14 days to appeal the suspension, and if Terry decides to challenge the decision, the ban would be delayed until the outcome of such a hearing. That means the defender will be available for Chelsea clash against Arsenal this weekend.
A Chelsea statement released following the verdict read: "Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry. We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time."