John Terry
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Chelsea defender John Terry will appear for disciplinary hearing from Football Association (FA) for the fourth day on Thursday following an allegation of racial abuse to Anton Ferdinand.

The 31-year-old defender, who capped 78 times for England and appeared at two World Cup events, has been accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's match against QPR last season.

The former England captain has been appearing before an independent panel since Monday for his alleged racist utterance, and Thursday could be the final day of hearing.

He has denied the charges and hoped for FA to acquit him, but could face a ban on a few matches if found guilty. He was cleared of the charges by a court in July.

Speculations are doing the rounds that he could be banned for four matches as he is accused of the racist remarks only once, while Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who faced an eight-month ban, racially abused Patrice Evra several times.

John Terry shocked the world on Sunday by announcing his retirement from international football just a day ahead of his disciplinary hearing from Football Association (FA) for racial abuse charge.

"I am today announcing my retirement from international football. I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I've played with. I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career," said the former England captain in his statement.

He claimed that FA's charge against him has made his position in the national squad "untenable".

"I am making this statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel The FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable," he stated.

Terry was earlier stripped off the England captaincy because of the allegation. He won't represent his country in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but will continue to play for Chelsea FC.