John Terry not guilty of racism against Anton Ferdinand

Last updated at 14:07
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England footballer John Terry has been cleared of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

He'd been accused of describing Ferdinand as "black" and using extreme swear words during a QPR v Chelsea match at Loftus Road last October.

Terry told the court he was only repeating what he thought Ferdinand had said to him during their argument.

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said he'd heard a great deal of evidence to show Terry wasn't a racist.

The 31-year-old didn't make any comment as he left the London court following the five-day trial.

The Chelsea skipper was stripped of the England captaincy in February because of the charges.

After the trial, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: "We are pleased that John can now put his mind to football and go back to training and do what he's done for many years."