John Terry to face Anton Ferdinand racism trial in July
England captain John Terry denies racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and will stand trial in July, a court has heard
John Terry will stand trial for alleged racist abuse in July after a not guilty plea was entered on the England captain’s behalf at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Terry is alleged to have made racist comments towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match at Loftus Road in October.
The 31-year-old Chelsea skipper, who did not attend court on Wednesday, will now stand trial in the third week of July, after the final of the European Championships.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Terry is accused of a racially-aggravated public order offence.
Following Wednesday’s hearing, Terry’s legal team said in a statement: “Mr Terry has resolutely maintained that his well publicised remarks were made in the belief that he was being accused of racist abuse by Mr Ferdinand.
“Mr Terry was shocked and disgusted by that accusation at the time. Mr Terry denies making any racist statement and has never racially abused another player in his entire life.”
The maximum sentence for the offence is a fine of £2,500. As a summary offence under the Crime and Disorder Act, it will be fully heard in a magistrates’ court.