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John Terry racism trial to begin

July 9, 2012
By ESPN staff

Chelsea captain John Terry is to go on trial on Monday accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, an accusation Terry strongly denies.

John Terry Anton Ferdinand
GettyImagesJohn Terry and Anton Ferdinand faced one another in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round win for Chelsea

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Terry, 31, was charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence after allegedly shouting an offensive comment at Ferdinand, 27, during Chelsea's 1-0 loss to QPR on October 23 last year.

The comment was allegedly made, and seemingly caught on footage, to the QPR player when the two teams met in the Premier League at Loftus Road.

Terry's lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court in February.

His trial was delayed until after the Euro 2012 Championship after District Judge Howard Riddle was informed that a number of other Chelsea players would not be able to appear as witnesses until the end of the football season.

Terry, who faces a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted, will go on trial at the court from 10.00 BST on Monday.

The case is expected to last for five days.