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Roberto Di Matteo: 'Chelsea have suffered because of John Terry'

Roberto Di Matteo
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Roberto Di Matteo admits that Chelsea's reputation has been damaged because of allegations of racism against club captain John Terry.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that the club have "suffered" because of allegations of racism against captain John Terry.

The 31-year-old was given a four-match ban and fined £220,000 by the FA for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last season.

"Certainly the image of the club has suffered from this issue - there's no denying that," Di Matteo is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

"We try to do everything in our power to maintain high standards with the club's employees and supporters.

"People make mistakes. He has apologised and he is being punished. It has put a little bit of a cloud over the image of the club."

However, Di Matteo insists that Terry remains an important part of his team.

"John realises that he let himself and the club down on that day, but over the years he has proved himself to the club," said the 42-year-old.

"I am a football manager - I judge the players, not their lives. We followed the legal process and supported our player.

"I still believe his account of what happened on that day. He has accepted his ban and realised that the language is not acceptable. He is not getting away with it - he has been sanctioned."

Terry will miss Chelsea's clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday.

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