Terry to face criminal racism charges

By AFP
Published: December 22, 2011
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Chelsea captain ordered to appear in court on February 1. PHOTO: AFP

Chelsea captain ordered to appear in court on February 1. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry will face criminal charges for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Terry has been ordered to appear in court on February 1 over the incident in a Premier League match in October.

“After careful consideration, I’m satisfied there’s sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it’s in the public interest to prosecute this case,” said Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Saunders.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez was banned for eight games by the Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Liverpool have reacted furiously to the verdict and have vowed to fight it.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2011.

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