Stamford Bridge skipper could be about to get in even more trouble.
The Metropolitan Police will investigate allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Scotland Yard announced their decision after spending a week assessing a complaint from a member of the public.
The move will delay the Football Association’s probe into the incident, which took place during QPR’s 1-0 win over the Blues, and could see Terry removed as England captain.
Police have now confirmed their dealings with the complaint have moved on and a formal investigation has been launched.
Terry has denied racially abusing Ferdinand, insisting his own response was actually a denial and not racist in any way.
Whether the latest development will have any impact on Terry’s selection for England’s two friendlies against Spain and Sweden later this month remains unknown.
“Police were notified of an incident on Sunday, October 23 involving alleged racial abuse,” a Met Police spokesman said.
“This is currently being investigated by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham.”
The FA said they will make no further comment until the police investigation is completed.
“Further to an allegation from the recent QPR versus Chelsea fixture, the Football Association has been formally investigating the matter,” an FA statement said.
“The Metropolitan Police has contacted the FA to make us further aware of their investigation into the matter.
“Due to this it would be inappropriate for the FA to comment until the police have completed their own enquiries.
“Therefore, the FA will make no further comment at this time.”