However, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to defend his former player, insisting that the defender is not a racist.
"He's not a racist - that's 100%" he told CNN. "We had a squad where we had 12 African players in the squad. It was a fantastic squad and he always had a great relationship with every one of them.
"But in football it can happen during a match, because football sometimes is more than a game and sometimes you have reactions that don't represent what you are really.
"Probably he had a racist comment or attitude against an opponent. Sometimes in football we do things the wrong way. If he had that reaction he should pay - but please don't say he's a racist. [Didier] Drogba, [Claude] Makelele... all of them will say he's not a racist."
Terry is considering whether to appeal his punishment.