Chelsea have insisted it was the court's decision to put John Terry's racism trial back to July - a move which led to the Football Association stripping the defender of the England captaincy.

The club's chief executive Ron Gourlay had written to the district judge asking for the trial to be delayed until after the Chelsea players' domestic and international footballing commitments are over for the season.

That appeared to have backfired for Terry after the FA board announced that as a result of the trial date they have decided the 31-year-old will not be the England captain before or during Euro 2012.

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