The Football Association has charged John Terry for the alleged racist abuse he levelled at QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Terry was accused of calling Ferdinand a "f***ing black c***" on the pitch last October, with Ferdinand stating that he had not heard Terry shout the abuse, but had later viewed footage of the incident uploaded to YouTube that led him to pursue further action.
Terry appeared in court two weeks ago where he was found not guilty under dubious circumstances, with the Chelsea captain stating that he had said those words, but only because he was repeating Anton Ferdinand, who he claimed was wrongfully accusing him of racist abuse whilst he was on the pitch.
But now it has emerged that the FA will charge Terry following the court's decision, releasing this statement on their website: "After seeking advice from an external Independent QC, and having considered the evidence and Magistrates' Court decision in the John Terry case, The FA has today charged the Chelsea player following an alleged incident that occurred during the Queens Park Rangers versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.
"It is alleged that Terry used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, contrary to FA rules. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand.
"This charge is the result of The FA’s long-standing enquiries into this matter, which were placed on hold pending the outcome of the criminal trial, and relates to rules governing football only. During this period John Terry remains available to play for England. Terry has until 3 August 2012 to respond. The FA will make no further comment during this time."
Following the FA's announcement Terry immediately released a statement, saying: "I deny the charge and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing."
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