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FA reveal full reasons why Liverpool star has been banned for eight games

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Umbro downplay association with England captain, who heads for court on 1 February

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John Terry will remain England captain for next month's friendly double-header with Spain and Sweden if the investigation into his alleged racist slur against Anton Ferdinand has not concluded.

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