Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the FA in relation to the abuse he directed at Anton Ferdinand in the club's fiery clash with QPR last season, but has immediately denied any wrongdoing and will seek a personal hearing.
The Football Association, which will make no further comments following its decision, sought advice from an external Independent QC and has chosen to charge Terry despite his successful criminal court trial verdict.
Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand at Westminster Magistrates' Court but Association chiefs have found him to have not only used abusive language and behavior, but that it was also racially motivated too.
The FA was quick to clarify that its investigation into proceedings was separate 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 Aug. 3 to respond, but his immediate denial indicates how strong he feels about the matter.