R v John Terry
R v John Terry was a 2012 criminal law case in London in which the Premiership footballer John Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing the Queens Park Rangers footballer Anton Ferdinand in a football match between Chelsea and QPR on 23 October 2011. The case received a high level of media coverage in the United Kingdom as the allegations of racism had several repercussions within football including John Terry losing the captaincy of the England football team and former England coach Fabio Capello quitting as manager when the Football Association made this decision.
Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle concluded that while there was not doubt that John Terry had uttered the words "fucking black cunt" at Anton Ferdinand, it is possible that this was not intended as an insult but as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him.
Despite being found not guilty in a court of law the Football Association decided to hold an inquiry independent of the court case, something that led to John Terry retiring from international football. The FA inquiry found Terry guilty of racial abuse and saw him handed a four match domestic ban.
- John Terry (previously 'LNS') v Persons Unknown - A separate legal action also involving John Terry
- "REGINA V JOHN TERRY: JUDGMENT". Judiciary of England and Wales. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "RULING OF THE FULL REGULATORY COMMISSION FOLLOWING THE SUBSTANTIVE DISCIPLINARY HEARING HELD BETWEEN 24TH AND 27TH SEPTEMBER 2012". The Football Association. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "John Terry banned and fined by FA over Anton Ferdinand incident". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012.
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