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Wednesday 21 December 2011

Terry to face criminal charges

Chelsea and England skipper to appear in court on 1 February

John Terry is captain of England and Chelsea

The Crown Prosecution Service has today confirmed that John Terry will be prosecuted over allegations that he made a racist comment towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The 30-year-old will appear in court on 1 February 2012.

Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for London, said: "I have today advised the Metropolitan Police that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence.

"After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case."

A Chelsea statement said: "John has made it clear he denies the charge and is determined to do all he can to prove his innocence.

"Chelsea FC has always been fully supportive of John in this matter and will continue to be so.

"The club finds all forms of discrimination abhorrent and we are proud of the work we undertake campaigning on this important issue."

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Key Points

  • Blues defender John Terry to face criminal charges
  • England skipper denies allegations against him
  • Will appear in court on 1 February 2012