John Terry has expressed his thanks to his legal team, family, friends and Chelsea Football Club in a statement released by his lawyer after being found not guilty of racial abuse.
Terry had been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following a Premier League game between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers on 23rd October last year, when QPR's Anton Ferdinand accused the Chelsea captain of using a racist obscenity towards him.
The not guilty verdict was delivered by chief magistrate Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.
Terry made no comment on leaving the court minutes after the verdict was given.
His legal representative, Dan Morrison, released a statement that read: "The court has today acquitted John Terry of all charges.
"He has consistently explained his position to the FA, to the police and to the court. He did not racially abuse Mr. Ferdinand and the court has accepted this.
"John would like to thank his legal team for their hard work and his family, friends and Chelsea Football Club for their support."
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who appeared as a character witness during the trial, spoke briefly to the media outside the court after the verdict was given.
He said: "Chelsea Football Club notes, and of course will respect, the decision of the Magistrate today.
"We are pleased that John can now put his mind to football and get back to training and do what he's done for many years."