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John Terry charged over racist remark

Wed 21st Dec 2011 | Legal

John Terry, the England and Chelsea captain is to be charged over an alleged racist remark made to Anton Ferdinand.

Terry will now appear before West London Magistrates Court on the 1st Feb 2012.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "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 Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011.

The news comes just a day after Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was charged by the FA over a racist remark made to Patrice Evra of Manchester United. Suarez was fined £40,000 and banned for 8 matches.

However, Terry’s case had been referred to the CPS after a complaint was made by a member of the crowd at Loftus Road to police.

"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,” Saunders in her statement.

"Mr Terry will appear before West London Magistrates Court on 1 February 2012.

"He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial."

Terry has always however protested his innocence and a statement on Chelsea’s official website read, “John has made it clear he denies the charge and is determined to do all he can to prove his innocence.”

Terry will be charged for the offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated in accordance with section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Contrary to section 31 (1) (c) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

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