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FA charges Terry over alleged racist tirade

John Terry has been charged with using alleged racist language towards Anton Ferdinand by England's Football Association.

A fortnight after being cleared in court of racially abusing QPR defender Ferdinand, Chelsea captain Terry faced being sanctioned by the FA over the same incident.

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."

The FA said in their statement: "Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the Football Association with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

"It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand."

Terry was found not guilty of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during a five-day trial that ended two weeks ago, with District Judge Howard Riddle ruling there was reasonable doubt whether the words were intended as an insult.

Terry has always maintained they were not, insisting they formed part of a denial to an accusation of racism from Ferdinand during Chelsea's Barclays Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23.

He was acquitted on that basis but the FA refused to drop their own investigation into the matter, which they had put on hold.

hnews@herald.ie