Football - Premier League

Fourth day for Terry hearing

John Terry will return for a fourth day of his disciplinary hearing on Thursday into a charge the Chelsea skipper used racist language on the pitch.

 
Fourth day for Terry case - Football - Premier LeagueReuters
 

Terry spent eight hours at the FA independent regulatory hearing on Wednesday. He denies a charge that he used a racist slur towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand in October last year.

The 31-year-old was accompanied by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck for the duration of the hearing and both departed shortly before 4.30pm.

Terry who announced his international retirement on Sunday., saying the FA had made his position untenable by charging him despite a court of law finding him no guilty.

The case centres around an incident during Chelsea's Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23 last year when Terry and Ferdinand clashed verbally on a number of occasions.

The FA's decision to press ahead with their own charges infuriated Terry to the extent that on the eve of the disciplinary hearing he announced he was quitting international football with immediate effect, saying his position was "untenable".

Terry's legal team had argued the governing body's own rules dictated his acquittal in court means the case cannot proceed but the FA believed their charge was distinct from the court charge.

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