FA Charge Chelsea Captain John Terry Over Use of ‘Abusive and Insulting Language’ Towards Anton Ferdinand

Stamford Bridge defender likely to receive ban.

John Terry charged by the FA over Anton Ferdinand clash

Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the Football Association for his part in last season’s incident with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, 31, is alleged to have used “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour” in the 23 October match.

The FA statement added: “It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand.”

England defender Terry denies the charge and wants a personal hearing.

Earlier this month Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of racially abusing Ferdinand during the Premier League game between the west London sides.

It was alleged Terry had insulted Ferdinand, describing him as “black” and using extreme sexual swear words.

But in reaching a not guilty verdict, chief magistrate Howard Riddle stated it was “possible that what was said was not intended as an insult but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him”.


So can the Chelsea man expect a lengthy ban for his actions of last October? Apparently the FA has a lower burden of proof when it comes to charging someone of any act, lower than that of the chief magistrate who found John Terry not guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Indeed this slight difference between the manner in which the FA and the courts deal with such matter may well lead to the England man being punished for an offence he was cleared of as the Football Association need only to prove that ‘on the balance of probabilities’ Terry did use abusive and insulting words during the incident at Loftus Road last term.

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