Anton Ferdinand might pursue civil action against John Terry if the FA finds the ex-England captain not guilty of the racism charges leveled. Terry was acquitted of the racism charges in a magistrates court last July during a much publicized hearing. Fellow club mate at Chelsea, Ashley Cole had testified in Terry’s defence, an act which prompted Anton’s brother Rio to comment on Twitter. The comments were deemed inappropriate and the Manchester United player was fined.
Terry is accused of using “a reference to ethnic origin and/ or race” in a match between the sides last October.
The FA has carried out its own investigation into the matter and a hearing is scheduled on September 24 . The Telegraph’s Jason Burt writes that the Metropolitan police refused to inspect the phone records of Terry, Cole and other Chelsea officials, a development which Ferdinand’s counsel disagrees with.
Terry himself is said to be anxious to put an end to this as his England future could well depend on the FA’s findings and charges, if any. Roy Hodgson has been firm in his approval of Terry’s footballing abilities by keeping him a part of his plans.
Yesterday of course, Ferdinand refused to shake hands with either Terry or Cole. Roberto Di Matteo feels their club has done all possible. Ferdinand clearly thinks otherwise.