Monday 14 October 2019


What has he been charged with?

John Terry has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after comments allegedly made during Chelsea's Premier League match against QPR on Oct 23.

The details of the charge are as follows: "On October 23, 2011 at Loftus Road Stadium you used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated."

What happens next?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has advised that Terry has been charged with a summary offence which will be dealt with in a magistrates' court. Neither prosecution nor defence can apply to have it heard before a jury. Terry will attend a preliminary hearing on February 1, when a trial date will be set.

What is the possible punishment?

The maximum penalty for the offence is a fine of £2,500. According to CPS guidelines racially aggravated offences attract a higher penalty than those without a racial element.

What happens to Terry between now and then?

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said yesterday the club were "fully supportive" of Terry, a clear indication that he would play for the club in the six weeks until his court appearance.

What about England?

England's next game is on February 29 against Holland at Wembley, when the case is likely to remain unresolved, leaving the FA and manager Fabio Capello with a difficult decision.

What happens to the FA disciplinary process?

The FA's inquiry will remain on hold until the legal process has run its course. The risk that an FA verdict could prejudice Terry's trial means it has no choice, but to wait. The FA will request the CPS file on the case before it decides whether Terry has a case to answer under its own rules.

Paul Kelso

Irish Independent

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