"John Terry affair has tarnished the image of English football"

The reputation of English football has been tarnished by the long-running John Terry affair, according to Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

Chelsea skipper Terry decided not to appeal against a four-game ban for using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on Thursday, bringing to a close an unsavoury chapter that put racism under the microscope.

Bernstein said having football dragged through the lawcourts marked a difficult period for the English game which has made large strides in erasing racism from stadiums.

"The decision by John Terry not to appeal his FA charge hopefully brings to a close a difficult period for the domestic game in England in which, unfortunately, the reputation of English football has been damaged," Bernstein said in a statement. "It is a shame that one high-profile incident has had such a major impact.”

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