England’s Football Association accused Chelsea captain John Terry of using abusive language and referencing the ethnicity of Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand in a game last season.
Terry, 31, was cleared in a London court earlier this month of a criminal charge of racially abusing Ferdinand in an Oct. 23 Premier League match. The FA action relates to rules governing soccer only, the federation said in a statement on its website.
“It is alleged that Terry used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behavior towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, contrary to FA rules,” the FA said. “It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or color and/or race of Anton Ferdinand.”
Terry denied the FA claim in a statement on Chelsea’s website and said he will be “requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing.”
He testified during that trial that he used the racist words only to repeat something he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying. He had repeatedly denied racially abusing Ferdinand.
The FA had originally opened a case against Terry after the incident but placed it on hold when the defender was charged by prosecutors. The organization stripped Terry of the England captaincy on Feb. 3, leading to the resignation of national team coach Fabio Capello.
The FA said Terry had until Aug. 3 to answer the allegations and that he remains available to play for the England national team.
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