Premier League - Chelsea refuse to confirm or deny Terry captaincy

Chelsea have refused to confirm or deny whether John Terry remains captain following his four-match ban for racially abusing an opponent, leading to speculation that all may not be as it seems at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League - Chelsea refuse to confirm or deny Terry captaincy

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Is John Terry still Chelsea's captain?

Terry was suspended and fined £220,000 by the Football Association after it refused to accept his explanation for an offensive outburst at QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, which made reference to his skin colour.

Chelsea said they had additionally punished the former England skipper, who retired from international football after the FA summoned him for a hearing, with most press outlets believing he had been fined and warned as to his future conduct.

But, in an unusual press conference, head coach Roberto Di Matteo responded tersely to questions about Terry’s captaincy, insisting all punishments remain “confidential” and that we would have to "wait and see" if he wears the armband against Shakhtar Donetsk in Wednesday’s Champions League clash, which is not covered by the FA suspension.

"We do not discuss publicly the disciplinary matters we take against our players," Di Matteo said at the club’s training ground ahead of their Premier League derby at Tottenham on Saturday.

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

A Chelsea official acknowledged that “everyone is entitled to their opinion” on the matter but added the club was following a standard HR policy of keeping disciplinary matters "in house", a practice common in corporations.

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