Terry Cleared Of Racial Abuse Charge
Huhuonline.com can report that Chelsea FC captain and former England skipper, John Terry has been absolved of racial charges after he was alleged to have racially abused rival footballer, Anton Ferdinand.
Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle of the Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Friday declared that he was not guilty and therefore cleared him at the end of the five-day trial, saving him a fine of £2,500.
The chief magistrate, who agreed that Mr. Terry had a case to answer, after listening to the arguments propounded by all of the evidences against him, acquitted Terry of the offence.
The charge against Terry which was brought by the chief crown prosecutor for London, Alison Saunders, claimed that "The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse.
'It was our view that this was not 'banter' on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court. That is justice being done and we respect the chief magistrate's decision."
Recall that 31-year-old Terry was accused of racially insulting Anton Ferdinand, Queens Park Rangers player, during a match between Chelsea and QPR on October 23 last year.
Terry, who had denied in court that he did not commit a racial offence, said that he only repeated words spoken by Ferdinand, but he could not mention the exact words in court.