John Terry and Anton Ferdinand racism row: CPS handed file

England and Chelsea captain John Terry (right) speaking with QPR's Anton Ferdinand during their teams' Premier League match at Loftus Road
Image caption The allegations centred around a game at Loftus Road in October

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been handed a police file concerning allegations England and Chelsea captain John Terry made racist comments.

Terry has been accused of using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand, during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road on 23 October.

The CPS received the file late on Wednesday night and will now decide whether to bring a prosecution.

If Terry is found guilty, he could lose the England captaincy.

Terry was questioned under caution by the Metropolitan Police last week. The force said the 30-year-old had been interviewed but not arrested.

Scotland Yard then passed a file on the matter to the CPS, which will spend the next few weeks considering whether there is enough information to prosecute.

'I'm saddened'

After the allegations were made, Terry issued a statement saying: "I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me during the game.

"I'm disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand.

"I would never say such a thing, and I'm saddened that people would think so."

The Football Association (FA) has begun its own investigation into the matter but this has been put on hold while a decision on whether he will face a criminal investigation is made.

Ferdinand has said he has "very strong" feelings on what happened but would not say anymore about it until the FA's investigation was over.

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