John Terry found not guilty

Chelsea footballer John Terry has been found not guilty by District Judge Howard Riddle of using a racist obscenity about Anton Ferdinand.

Chelsea captain was accused of shouting a racist obscenity at QPR player Anton Ferdinand during a match last year.

Terry pleading not guilty at the start of his trial and was found not guilty this afternoon.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said:

“The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse. It was our view that this was not “banter” on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court. The Chief Magistrate agreed that Mr Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr Terry of a racially aggravated offence. That is justice being done and we respect the Chief Magistrate’s decision.”


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