England and Chelsea captain John Terry will stand trial after Euro 2012 over allegations he racially abused an opponent during a Premier League match, a move which appears to clear way for him to play in the tournament.
The defender is accused of shouting abusive comments at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during their clash in October. Terry did not attend Wednesday’s first hearing into the case, where his legal team entered a plea of not guilty.
The Westminster Magistrates’ Court then set a trial date of July 9.
Al Jazeera’s Lee Wellings reports from London.