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Terry faces FA racism hearing at Wembley

The former national captain is facing an improper conduct charge, the final instalment of his spat with Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last October. The QPR defender arrived at FA headquarters on Monday morning to give evidence.

Terry is accused of using "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" that "included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand". He denies the charge.

Chelsea captain Terry was stripped of the national armband for a second time in his career following the incident, which upset England manager Fabio Capello so much that he resigned on a point of principle.

And with prevailing opinion pointing to the end of his international career should an FA independent panel find him guilty this week, on Sunday evening he took what seems to have been a pre-emptive decision.

Terry was cleared of racism allegations at Westminster Magistrates Court in July despite admitting in court uttering the words "f****** black c***. He claimed it was used as part of a denial after he believed Ferdinand had accused him of using those words.

His delegation at the FA hearing will be led by George Carter-Stephenson QC - who successfully defended Terry in court - and it is said to be ready to argue that his acquittal in a criminal trial means the FA case cannot proceed.

That would involved citing FA rule 6.8, which governs disciplinary hearings and states that the results of relevant civil or criminal proceedings are "presumed to be correct and the facts presumed to be true" by FA commissions.

If found guilty over the coming days, Terry is likely to be banned, although reports suggest it may only be for four matches, possibly due to the complexity of a saga that had dragged on for almost a year.

The implications for Terry beyond any formal punishment could be more severe and there is likely to be pressure on Chelsea to take further action against the 31-year-old.

The written judgment of the panel in the case of a guilty verdict may have a big say in determining the extent of the damage.

The FA will doubtless insist their charge against Terry is distinct from the racially-aggravated public order offence from which he was cleared.

Terry earned 78 England caps.

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