John Terry has until 6pm today to decide whether to challenge the four-match ban imposed on him for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
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.
An appeal by Terry, who was also fined £220,000, would, however, come as a surprise given that the panel labelled his defence “improbable, implausible and contrived”.
It would also mean prolonging the scandal which has run for just a week short of a full year, and provided numerous negative headlines not just for the player but for the whole of English football. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor wants Terry to accept the punishment.