22 Dec 2011

Innocence vowed by Terry

8:43 am on 22 December 2011

Chelsea and England football captain John Terry has vowed to prove his innocence after being charged with racial abuse.

Terry is to appear in court on 1 February to face criminal charges after an incident involving Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers on 23 October. QPR won 1-0.

A file on the matter was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service at the beginning of December, after police received a complaint from a member of the public.

New evidence, featuring previously unseen footage from TV cameras, was handed to the CPS last week.

Terry made his England debut against Serbia and Montenegro in 2003 and has been capped 72 times. He replaced David Beckham as captain in 2006.

On Tuesday, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during another game earlier this season.

Former Chelsea midfield Gus Poyet says any reference to a person's race would not be considered an issue in Uruguay.