Terry race abuse claims trial date after Euro 2012

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England football captain John Terry will not stand trial for allegedly racially abusing another player until after the Euro 2012 championships.

A district judge ordered that the Chelsea defender should be tried during the week beginning July 9 after hearing that a number of his team-mates would be unable to give evidence until the tournament is over.

Terry, 31, is accused of a racially-aggravated public order offence over video footage which appears to show him shouting an offensive comment at Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match.

He did not attend the first hearing in the case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday, but his barrister, George Carter-Stephenson QC, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.