John Terry to face criminal charges over alleged racist abuse

John Terry will fight “tooth and nail” to clear his name after the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed its intention to prosecute the England captain over an alleged racist slur made towards the Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea centre-half, who denies any wrongdoing, will appear before West London magistrates’ court on 1 February charged with a racially aggravated public order offence made during an altercation with Ferdinand in the derby with QPR at Loftus Road on 23 October.

The 31-year-old’s club manager, André Villas-Boas, has reiterated that he will benefit from Chelsea’s full support, with Terry set to start Thursday’s Premier League game at Tottenham Hotspur.

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