Chelsea, John Terry
Chelsea's captain John Terry shouts instructions during their English Premier League soccer match against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium in LondonReuters

England defender John Terry will serve the four-match ban as he has decided not to appeal against the penalty slapped on him by the Football Association (FA) for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

The 31-year-old England defender and Chelsea captain has time till 10:30 pm (IST) on Thursday to challenge the ruling of the FA.

John Terry said in a statement that he would accept the judement of the FA and apologized for his behavior.

"After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment. I want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October. Although I'm disappointed with the FA judgment, I accept that the language I used, regardless of the context, is not acceptable on the football field or indeed in any walk of life," The Sun quoted Terry as saying in a statement.

"As I stated in the criminal case, with the benefit of hindsight my language was clearly not an appropriate reaction to the situation for someone in my position. My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club, and by me, and it will not happen again. Looking forward, I will continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behaviour from football. I am extremely grateful for the consistent support of Chelsea FC, the fans and my family," he added.

John Terry, who capped 78 times for England and appeared at two World Cup events, was found guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' (QPR) Anton Ferdinand by an Independent Regulatory Commission of the FA after a four-day probe last month. He was slapped with a four-match ban and a fine of £220,000.