Terry charged by FA

Chelsea defender still available to play for England

John Terry: Chelsea captain charged regarding alleged abusive and threatening behaviour towards Anton Ferdinand

The Football Association has charged Chelsea captain John Terry regarding alleged abusive and threatening behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

The alleged incident occurred during the Premier League game between the two clubs on 23rd October last year and Terry was subsequently charged by police with a racially aggravated public order offence.

Terry was cleared in court of using a racial obscenity towards Ferdinand earlier this month, but now faces a fresh inquiry from the FA.

The centre-half will still be available to play for England while the inquiry continues and Terry has been given until next week to respond to the charge.

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FA charge Terry

An FA statement read: "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."

Terry immediately denied the charge in a statement saying: "I deny the charge and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing."