Terry will face racism charges

England captain John Terry will appear in court after being charged for racially abusing an opponent during match.

     Terry (R) has been prosecuted following accusations he racially abused cousin of Rio Ferdinand (pictured L) [GETTY] 

    England captain John Terry will face a criminal charge over allegations that he racially abused an opponent in the Premier League.

    Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the Chelsea captain for his on-field exchange with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on October 23.

    "I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queen's Park Rangers and Chelsea,'' said Alison Saunders, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for London.

    "...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"

    Chief Crown Prosecutor, Alison Saunders

    "The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and 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."

    The Crown Prosecution Service said Terry will appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1.

    "He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial,'' Saunders said.

    "It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial."

    The 31-year-old Terry has publicly refuted the allegations that he racially abused Ferdinand, who is black.

    Police assessed the incident after a complaint by a member of the public last week and passed its evidence to the CPS for consideration on December 1.

    Ferdinand submitted his account of the incident to the Football Association and said he has "very strong feelings on the matter."

    SOURCE: AP


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