John Terry cleared of racial abuse of QPR's Ferdinand

  • Former England captain John Terry has been cleared of racially abusing opposing player Anton Ferdinand during a soccer match.

    The 31-year-old Chelsea captain was in London’s Westminster Magistrates' Court to hear the verdict after a five-day trial.

    The allegations revolved around a Premier League game at Loftus Road in October.

    During an exchange of insults between the players, Terry thought he heard Ferdinand say he had been sworn at in racial terms.

    Terry has maintained he was merely repeating Ferdinand's remarks and denied a racially aggravated public order offence.

    If found guilty, Terry would have had to pay a maximum fine of just under $3,900. However, the damage to his career would have been far more costly.

    He would have also been likely to face a ban from England and faced another inquiry by the Football Association.