The Metropolitan Police has begun a formal investigation into allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
Terry, 30, has categorically denied aiming a racist slur at defender Ferdinand during
Chelsea's 1-0 loss at Loftus Road
on 23 October.
The Police spent a week "assessing" a complaint from a member of the public before announcing an investigation.
The Football Association (FA) is also looking into the incident.
Some viewers claimed video replays from the match at Loftus Road showed Terry using racist language, while the FA said it had received a complaint.
- 23 Oct - QPR beat Chelsea 1-0 in bad-tempered match
- 25 Oct - QPR discuss with Anton Ferdinand allegations the Chelsea skipper racially abused him. Metropolitan Police assess allegations. Terry denies claims. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says the matter is over
- 26 Oct - FA begins investigation. Terry vows to clear name
- 28 Oct - Chelsea fined £20,000 for failing to control players
- 31 Oct - Ferdinand says he has "strong feelings" on case but won't comment until after FA investigation
- 1 Nov - Metropolitan Police begin formal investigation after assessing evidence
A Metropolitan Police statement said: "Police were notified of an incident on Sunday, October 23 involving alleged racial abuse. This is currently being investigated by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham."
Ferdinand gave a statement to the FA
saying he has "very strong" feelings on the matter, but will not elaborate until the FA inquiry has been concluded.
The move means the FA's investigation into the allegation cannot be completed until the outcome of the police investigation.
An FA statement read: "Further to an allegation from the recent QPR versus Chelsea fixture, The Football Association has been formally investigating the matter.
"The Metropolitan Police has contacted The FA to make us further aware of their investigation into the matter.
"Due to this it would be inappropriate for The FA to comment until the Police have completed their own enquiries.
"Therefore, The FA will make no further comment at this time."
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas earlier stated that a
post-match conversation between Terry and Ferdinand
had marked "the end of the story".
In a statement following the Blues' loss at Loftus Road, Terry described the incident as a "misunderstanding" and claimed that his accusers "have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying".
He added: "I would never say such a thing - and I'm saddened that people would think so."
Terry was selected as a substitute for Chelsea's Champions League match at Genk on Tuesday.