Terry's four-game ban is lenient, says Sir Alex Ferguson

The Red Devils boss has suggested that the Chelsea defender got off lightly with his Football Association ban, pointing out that Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that John Terry can consider his punishment “lenient”, after the Football Association banned him for four games and fined him £220,000.

The former England captain was found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand by an independent FA commission on Thursday, despite Terry being cleared of the alleged offence at Westminister Magistrates’ Court in July.

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The Chelsea skipper is still deciding whether or not to appeal the decision, but Sir Alex thinks Terry should think twice about prolonging the saga.

"There is a danger of it resurrecting itself because it has been going on so long," Ferguson told reporters.

"But the fact he got a four-game ban, he may consider that is quite lenient considering Luis Suarez got eight.

"It is time to move on and so should the game."

Terry, who announced his retirement from England on the eve of the hearing, will almost certainly miss United trip to Stamford Bridge on October 28 – with an appeal needed within 14 days of the sentencing.