John Terry will announce whether he will challenge the four-match ban imposed on him for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand on Thursday.

The Chelsea captain and his advisers have had two weeks to study the full written reasons of the decision by an FA independent regulatory commission and must respond by 6pm.

An appeal by Terry, who was also fined £220,000, would come as a surprise given that the panel labelled his defence "improbable, implausible and contrived".

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