Chelsea refuse to confirm if John Terry remains club captain
Last Updated: October 19, 2012 7:05pm
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has refused to confirm whether John Terry is still the Blues' captain.
Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 after an independent Football Association panel found him guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
Terry confirmed on Thursday that he will not be appealing against the sanctions, and Chelsea revealed that they would be disciplining the defender separately.
"We do not discuss publicly the disciplinary matters we take against our players. They remain confidential. You will have to wait and see."
Roberto Di Matteo
The Blues insist however that the nature of their punishment would remain confidential.
Speaking at Friday's pre-weekend press conference, boss Roberto Di Matteo was asked if that punishment included being stripped of the club captaincy.
He said: "We do not discuss publicly the disciplinary matters we take against our players. They remain confidential. You will have to wait and see.
"They are internal matters, the action we take against our players, and we are not going to discuss it.
"Over the many years he has been here he has shown a lot of qualities. He has realised that on that day he fell below his standards and the clubs standards.
"For that he has received a ban and a fine and more action from the club. He is being punished for what he has said. We have all made mistakes in our life before.
"We appreciate he has not appealed the ban and the fine and that he has apologised publicly for the language that he used.
"He has apologised generally to everyone, including the Ferdinand family. It wasn't a matter of not apologising directly. It was a matter of apologising to everyone for the language used in that game.
"He knows it was not appropriate and he has been banned and fined for that."
Although he is banned from domestic matches, Terry can play in the Champions League. Asked if he would captain the side against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine next week, Di Matteo said: "you will have to wait and see."