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FA confirms Chelsea defender Terry denies charge over Anton Ferdinand row

The national governing body has stated that the England defender will oppose the allegation, and requested a personal hearing, for which a date has not yet been set

The FA have confirmed that John Terry has denied a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race, towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea captain has requested a personal hearing, with the date yet to be confirmed. However, the FA have stated that Terry will remain available to play for England until the hearing.

Terry was acquitted of charges of racially abusing Ferdinand at the end of a four-day trial at Westminster Magistrates Court, with magistrate Howard Riddle stating that it was "impossible to be sure" both of what Terry said to Ferdinand, and what Ferdinand had said to him.

But the FA have charged Terry only with using racially motivated abusive language and behaviour. The governing body were quick to clarify that its investigation into proceedings was held entirely separately from the outcome of the trial and would relate to "rules governing football only".

The FA will make no further comment on the matter.

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