Chelsea captain John Terry has been cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Terry had been charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence relating to comments he allegedly made towards the QPR defender last year.

He denied the claims, and was acquitted of all charges at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The England defender admitted that the pair had traded insults during their Premier League match at Lotfus Road last October.

But the 31-year-old told the court he was merely repeating the utterance that Ferdinand is alleged to have accused him of. Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle ruled there was insufficient evidence to arrive at a conviction.

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