Chelsea captaincy issue unanswered

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Roberto Di Matteo, left, refused to reveal if John Terry, right, is still Chelsea captain
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Roberto Di Matteo, left, refused to reveal if John Terry, right, is still Chelsea captain

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has refused to confirm whether John Terry remains the club captain.

Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 after an independent Football Association regulatory commission found him guilty of racially abusing the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry accepted the sanctions on Thursday and issued an apology for the language he used, while Chelsea said they had also taken internal disciplinary action against the player, but insisted the nature of the punishment would remain confidential. Di Matteo said that Terry knows whether he remains Chelsea captain - but the manager refused to make that decision public.

"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 said.

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

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