CHELSEA CAPTAIN JOHN Terry has been charged by the Football Association today for abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand despite his acquittal at a criminal trial earlier this month.
The former England captain was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand at a London court hearing on July 13.
However the FA said in a statement they had now charged Terry after reviewing evidence gathered in their own inquiry in addition to the criminal investigation.
Terry was found not guilty after a five-day trial at Westminster Magistrates Court which delved into the circumstances surrounding an incident involving the two players during a Premier League match on October 23 last year.
Terry was stripped of the England captaincy in February over the allegations. As a consequence, Fabio Capello resigned as England manager, just months before Terry joined the England squad for the 2012 European Championships.
Meanwhile, the FA put their own disciplinary process on hold so as not to prejudice the trial.
But following the outcome English football’s governing body reacted to the court verdict by saying it noted the decision but would still proceed with and conclude its own enquiries.
Chelsea have immediately issued a response saying Terry has denied the charge.