The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been handed a police file concerning allegations England and Chelsea captain John Terry made racist comments.
Terry has been accused of using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road on 23 October.
The CPS received the file late on Wednesday night and will now decide whether to bring a prosecution.
If Terry is found guilty, he could lose the England captaincy.
Terry was arrested under caution and questioned by the Metropolitan Police last week.
Scotland Yard then passed a file on the matter to the CPS who will spend the next few weeks considering whether there is enough information to prosecute.
After the allegations were made, Terry issued a statement saying:
“I’m disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand.
“I would never say such a thing, and I’m saddened that people would think so.”
The Football Association has begun its own investigation into the matter but this has been put on hold until the police conclude their investigation.