John Terry court case to begin - Chelsea captain accused of racist abuse
06:55 01 February 2012
The court case into allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand begins today – although Terry himself is unlikely to be there.
Lawyers for the England football captain will attend the first hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Prosecutors ruled before Christmas that Terry should be charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence over an allegation that he shouted an offensive comment at Ferdinand.
Terry, 31, who faces a maximum fine of 2,500 if convicted, has denied making the alleged slur during a Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.
The footballer will be represented by his solicitor in court today for what is expected to be a short procedural hearing, a Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said.