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Terry pleading not guilty to racism charge

Updated: February 01, 2012, 05:16

Chelsea's John Terry reacts during the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, London, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Chelsea won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/PA, Rebecca Naden) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

LONDON(AP) England captain John Terry has pleaded not guilty to racially abusing an opponent during a Premier League match in October.

The formal prosecution of the Chelsea defender began on Wednesday, with Terry accused of shouting an offensive comment at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during an October match.

While Terry was not at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London for the first hearing, lawyer George Carter-Stephenson entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

The 31-year-old Terry faces a maximum fine of 2,500 pounds ($3,940) if convicted of a racially aggravated public order offense.

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