England footballer John Terry arrived at court on Monday for the start of his trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
Scores of the world's media waited outside Westminster Magistrates' Court for the Chelsea captain, who arrived wearing a grey suit and pink tie.
He did not say anything when asked for a comment.
The 31-year-old is charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.
He is accused of shouting a racist obscenity at Ferdinand, who plays for QPR, during a Premier League match at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.
Terry, who denies the charge, faces a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted.
The case is expected to last five days and will be heard by Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle and no jury.