Chelsea captain John Terry was charged by the
Football Association on Friday for abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton
Ferdinand despite his acquittal at a criminal trial earlier this month.
The former England captain was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand at a
London court hearing on July 13.
However the FA said in a statement they had now charged Terry after
reviewing evidence gathered in their own inquiry in addition to the criminal
Terry was found not guilty after a five-day trial at Westminster
Magistrates Court which delved into the circumstances surrounding an incident
involving the two players during a Premier League match on October 23 last year.
Terry was stripped of the England captaincy in February over the
allegations. As a consequence, Fabio Capello resigned as England manager, just
months before Terry joined the England squad for the 2012 European
Meanwhile, the FA put their own disciplinary process on hold so as not to
prejudice the trial.
But following the outcome English football’s governing body reacted to the
court verdict by saying it noted the decision but would still proceed with and
conclude its own inquiries.