Roberto di Matteo refused to confirm whether or not John Terry will retain his place as Chelsea captain when he returns from his four-game suspension.

Terry will begin his ban when he misses Saturday's encounter with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, after deciding not to appeal the ruling from the Football Association with regards to the racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea defender revealed on Thursday that he would not contest the charge, and offered an apology for his actions in the encounter with Queens Park Rangers in October of last year.

Chelsea have been criticised for failing to adequately discipline Terry, despite the verdict from the FA, and there have been calls for the England international to be stripped of the Blues captaincy.

Di Matteo got tongues wagging about whether Terry would continue as Chelsea captain when, on Friday, the Italian would not reveal if the 31-year-old would lose the armband as part of an internal disciplinary process.

"We do not discuss publicly the disciplinary matters we take against our players. They remain confidential. You will have to wait and see," Di Matteo told reporters.

"They are internal matters, the action we take against our players, and we are not going to discuss it."

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