Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hughes livid at delay of race row trial

QPR boss Mark Hughes is unhappy with the decision not to hold John Terry's trial until July.

Chelsea and England captain Terry has been charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand but will not stand trial until July 9, meaning he will be able to play at this summer's Euro 2012 finals.

Hughes is disappointed the matter will not be settled for almost six months and also claims it will disrupt his club's pre-season preparations.

"They've made a decision that impacts on one of my players, they've given a date which is slap bang in the middle of pre-season," said Hughes.

"I don't know how they've come up with the date, whether they have had discussions with the FA and made sure it doesn't impact on the Euros.

"If John goes to the Euros, it probably impacts on his holidays. But it's not in Anton's down time.

"It seems to have been dragging on forever. Certainly from my point of view and Anton's, we'd have preferred it to have been done and dusted.

"We weren't involved in any discussions, otherwise we would have put our point over that there could be an issue from our point of view."

Terry, 31, is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence over video footage which appears to show him shouting an offensive comment at Ferdinand during a Premier League match at Loftus Road in October.

The Chelsea defender, who faces a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted, has repeatedly denied making the alleged slur during QPR's home 1-0 win over their west London rivals.

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