London: John Terry, who has been cleared by a British court of committing a racially aggravated public order offence against Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, is facing further investigations into the case, as the Football Association (FA) has said it would reopen its inquiry.
The FA announced its decision immediately after Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for racially abusing Ferdinand during the Premier League match between Chelsea and QPR last October.
The FA, which had a lawyer observing proceedings throughout the trial, was close to concluding its inquiries before the police got involved.
Although it is understood no evidence was brought to light of which the organisation was not already aware, it will review the judgment before deciding whether to bring its own charges against the defender.
Terry could still be charged with using abusive and insulting words and with making reference to Ferdinand’s ethnic origin and colour, and if so, he would face a ban from playing.
“The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own enquiries. The FA will make no further comment at this time,” a newspaper quoted the FA statement, as saying.
A decision is expected next week as to whether he will be charged.