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.
"It is a crucial fact that nobody has given evidence about what Mr Terry said or how he said it."— David Conn (@david_conn) July 13, 2012
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.