The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed the authorisation of the prosecution of John Terry.

31895 - John Terry to face prosecution

The Chelsea and England defender, who has denied the allegations against him stemming from an incident involving Anton Ferdinand during a game with Queens Park Rangers in October, will appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012, charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for London said: "I have today advised the Metropolitan police service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and after careful consideration of all the evidence I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

"Mr Terry will appear before West London Magistrates' Court on 1 February 2012. He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial."