England soccer captain Terry charged with racism
Chelsea defender John Terry shouts instructions during the English Premier League match against Arsenal on October 29.
December 21st, 2011
09:26 AM ET

England soccer captain Terry charged with racism

England soccer captain John Terry will be charged with allegedly racially abusing another player, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service said Wednesday.

The incident concerns comments the Chelsea footballer allegedly made to Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand in a recent English Premier League match.

"I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offense following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011," said Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London.

"I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case."

Terry will appear before magistrates in west London on February 1, 2012, she added.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jeez

    The biggest bigots on earth are the first to yell racism.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • pam

      Sure yeah right

      December 22, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    CNN you phony aszes why do you allow bastian to constatly allow his rants on here?

    December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    KKK drink some battery acid.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kyle788

    Yea they let his comment thru but not mine explaining why racism is different in europe.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Curious

    Finally, criminal prosecution for racism. That will end it, right? Hang 'em like a...well, gas 'em like the... Criminal prosecution for racim, who says there's no morality police. Soon, they'll be comin' for you too!

    December 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    so he called someone a name?? so what.. i get called biscit and cra-cker atleast 5 times a day in my hood...
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    i just remember to spit in their pizza next time i deliver to them..

    December 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • *

      So, you're admitting that you're a punk with a minimum wage job?

      December 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aryan

      Stop training pit bulls and start acting like a stand-up white man.

      December 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      And RUFFNUTT is right again! And as a bonus, he annoyed a couple of closed-minded people with his undiplomatic delivery again. (Can I say ANNOYED CNN?)

      December 22, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr c2

    Racism sucks a grew up hearing all of the explitives that were in the early 60s and by the mid 70s i had enough and stood up against it , let me tell you something!!! If yoy think you are any better than the next person regardless of who or what they are than why is your lifes in such turmoil? Are you better tgan thow? No!! Your no better than how you were raised so you were brought uo that way!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jense

      Who are you talking to? You sound like a guy sitting by himself getting drunk who just wants to vent. Have fun.

      December 22, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. pam

    yeah right you know you would'nt call a black person to their face the N word

    December 22, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jense

    Pam , I would and I have. "N word"? Political correctness has reduced you to speaking like a child. Free your mind.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hawaiian chilipepper

    SO what someone called someone a name in the heat of battle.It's just a way to get under someones skin to throw them off their game. I wouldn't do it but this is overblown

    December 22, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. adebola

    The axe must come down on someone,unfortunately,Terry is the one under it so let it fall on him as a detterent example.He was just stupid enough to call somebody names in front of cameras?

    December 23, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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