John Terry of Chelsea with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

John Terry Found Not Guilty In Racial Harassment Trial

John Terry has been found not guilty of a public order offence for the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.

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After The Trial, The Tricky Part

The conclusion of John Terry's trial leaves the FA, and English football, in a perilous and awkward position.

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John Terry Trial: Chelsea Defender Found Not Guilty Of Aggravated Racial Harrassment

John Terry has been found not guilty of a racially-aggravated public order offense. Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle read the verdict early on Friday afternoon, noting that exactly what John Terry said to Anton Ferdinand cannot be established and that no significant evidence was given that could lead the court to a guilty verdict.

Riddle also said that he found both Ferdinand and Terry to be credible witnesses, and that he had no reason to believe that either was lying. Ferdinand admits that he did not hear Terry call him a racial slur during the October 23 match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers, and that he saw video footage after the fact.

If Terry had been convicted, he would have faced a fine and, most likely, a lengthy suspension from football.

For more on Terry and the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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