John Terry is back at Wembley for the fourth day of his Football Association disciplinary hearing, with a verdict expected by the end of Thursday.

Verdict in John Terry FA hearing expected on Thursday

The Chelsea captain is accused of using “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour” towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last October.

He was cleared in court of racially abusing Ferdinand in July .

Terry arrived at Wembley at 09:00 BST on Thursday, after spending eight hours at the hearing on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it has emerged former England boss Fabio Capello had offered to appear on the 31-year-old’s behalf and provided a statement.

Capello and former England general manager Franco Baldini were contacted by Terry’s lawyers ahead of the FA’s independent regulatory commission.

Their statements are understood by BBC Sport to determine whether it is usual for a player found not guilty in a criminal trial to then have to answer an FA charge relating to the same incident.

Reports suggest Terry’s lawyers want the FA charge against the former England captain dismissed because he was found not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in July.

Two weeks after being cleared, the FA charged Terry.

Capello resigned as England manager after Terry was removed as captain without his agreement.

Centre-back Terry, 31, played in Chelsea’s League Cup win over Wolves on Tuesday despite missing training to attend the hearing at Wembley Stadium on both Monday and Tuesday.

Following the game Chelsea assistant boss Eddie Newton said the Blues’ captain was in a positive frame of mind.

“He’s been fine, dealing with the situation at hand,” Newton said after the 6-0 victory. “He’s coming in and doing what he has to do at the club. He’s been very positive and upbeat.”

Just hours before the hearing was due to begin, Terry announced his retirement from international duty – claiming the FA hearing had made his position with the national team “untenable”.

BBC Sport