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John Terry has vowed to fight an FA charge of making a racist remark towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The FA chose the night of the London 2012 Olympics’ opening ceremony to make the announcement official after two weeks of deliberations.

Terry was found not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 13.

The FA, asked by the Crown Prosecution Service to delay their action until the criminal case was over, have given Terry seven days to respond.

The FA have accused the Chelsea defender, who was stripped of the England captaincy when charged last February, of the offence that saw Liverpool’s Luis Suarez banned for eight games for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

They said in their statement: ‘Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the Football Association with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, the FA have confirmed.

‘It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand.’

Terry, who is away in Miami on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of America, immediately denied the charge in a statement, saying: ‘I deny the charge and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing.’

The FA decision places enormous pressure on Chelsea, where he has been skipper for more than eight years, and who have taken a hard line on racism among their own supporters.

The saga began when he admitted using the words ‘f****** black c***’ during an argument with Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23.

Terry did not deny using the words, but claimed in his defence he was responding to an allegation made by Ferdinand in mock indignation.

Terry said only on Thursday he was ‘delighted to get back to football, concentrate on what I love doing’ after speaking for the first time since his trial on the Blues’ pre-season tour of the United States.

There were suggestions Ferdinand could also be charged with using insulting words but, as of Friday night, it was only Terry who was facing punishment.

Source: DailyMail

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