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Chelsea captain John Terry denies charge of racial abuse

Chelsea captain John Terry has denied the English Football Association charge of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last year.
John Terry against the MLS All-Stars during the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park on July 25, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Chelsea captain John Terry has denied the English Football Association charge of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last year.

The FA said on its website Friday that Terry has requested a personal hearing, the date of which has yet to be set.

Terry was cleared in a British court of law in July of racially abusing Ferdinand in a Premier League match last October. But the FA said that it had considered evidence from the trial before charging the England defender.

The FA says Terry is alleged to have included "a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race," but he "remains available to play for England" while the charge is still to be heard.