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Terry to stand trial over alleged Anton Ferdinand comments

England and Chelsea captain John Terry has denied a racially aggravated public order charge and will stand trial in July.

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand during last Saturday's FA Cup match between QPR and Chelsea at Loftus Road.
John Terry and Anton Ferdinand during last Saturday's FA Cup match between QPR and Chelsea at Loftus Road.
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JOHN TERRY DENIES making racist comments towards Anton Ferdinand and will stand trial, a London court heard this morning.

The Chelsea and England captain was not present at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his barrister, George Carter-Stephenson QC, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Terry, 31, is alleged to have made the comments to Ferdinand during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat against QPR at Loftus Road on 23 October.

Police opened an investigation following a complaint by a member of the public, and Terry was subsequently charged with a racially aggravated public order offence last month.

The trial is scheduled to begin on the week of Monday 9 July, BBC’s Dan Roan reports.

England begin their Euro 2012 campaign against France in Donestk on 11 June. The tournament’s final will be held in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on 1 July.

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