Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the FA in relation to the alleged abuse that he directed at Anton Ferdinand in the club's fiery clash with QPR last season, but the defender has immediately denied any wrongdoing and will seek a personal hearing.
The Football Association, which will make no further comment following its decision, sought advice from an external Independent QC and has chosen to charge the centre-back despite his 'not guilty' verdict at a criminal trial.
Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of racially abusing Ferdinand but Association chiefs have charged him only with using racially motivated abusive language and behaviour.
The FA was quick to clarify that its investigation into proceedings was held entirely seperately from the outcome of the trial and would relate to "rules governing football only."
Terry will still be available for England duty and had been given a deadline of August 3 to respond, though his response was instantaneous.