Terry charged by FA
John Terry has been charged by the FA over allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand
The FA have charged John Terry with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, it was announced today.
The Chelsea defender was cleared in a criminal court of abusing Ferdinand earlier this month, but now faces disciplinary action from English football's governing body.
In a statement released on The FA's website they confirmed that the Chelsea captain would face charges relating to the Blues 1-0 defeat against QPR in October last year.
It read: "After seeking advice from an external Independent QC, and having considered the evidence and Magistrates' Court decision in the John Terry case, The FA has today charged the Chelsea player following an alleged incident that occurred during the Queens Park Rangers versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011."
"It is alleged that Terry used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, contrary to FA rules.
"It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand.
Since the FA's announcement, Terry has released a statement through Chelsea's official website denying the charge while also requesting a personal hearing.
The FA had initially put their own investigation on hold while Terry's court case was pending, and could now hit Terry with a heavy fine or lengthy ban.
Terry, who expressed his relief at returning to the football pitch for Chelsea in their 3-2 defeat against the MLS All-Stars this week after his trial, has until August 3 to respond to the charge. The 31-year-old is avilable to play for England in the meantime.
Last season the FA hit Liverpool's Luis Suarez with an eight game for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.