Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has made a strong defence of John Terry, and called into question the Football Association over their decision to charge the England defender with using racist language.

Terry strongly denies that allegation that he used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" towards Anton Ferdinand, and was cleared in a court of law after a very public trial.

However, the FA charged Terry two weeks after the hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court had concluded, and Grant does not believe it was the right option.

"Nobody thinks John Terry is a racist. The FA need to leave it," said Grant.

"I think the message was clear and I don't think they need to charge him. For the FA, the more important thing is the message that it will not have racism in sport."

Grant, who led the Blues to the Champions League final in 2008, has also admitted that the centre back's decision to retire from international football caught him by surprise, but that he's confident the Chelsea skipper knows what he is doing.

"John likes to fight and he's very passionate about the national team so I was surprised. But he's not a child, he knows what he's doing," Grant added on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"One thing I must say about JT is that he's not a racist, that's for sure. He's a good man. He respects everybody, he's good with people and I was very surprised that people thought bad things about him."

The first day of the FA hearing took place yesterday, and Terry was back at Wembley on Tuesday morning for the second day. He is joined by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.

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