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Anton Ferdinand may pursue civil action against Chelsea’s John Terry if escapes ‘punishment’ in racism case

London, Sep 16 (ANI): Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand is planning to take civil action against Chelsea striker John Terry, if he evades serious punishment from the forthcoming Football Association inquiry into his alleged racist behaviour.

Ferdinand along with Queens Park Rangers captain, Ji Sung Park, reportedly refused to shake hands with either Terry or Ashley Cole at Loftus Road on Saturday, The Telegraph reports.

It was the first time Ferdinand and Terry had come face-to-face since the former England captain was acquitted in a magistrates court last July of a charge of racially abusing the QPR defender in the corresponding fixture last season. Cole had appeared as a witness for Terry at that trial.

Terry now faces the FA hearing on September 24, before a three-man Independent Regulatory Commission, with the hearing set to run for two to three days, after the player was charged with using “abusive and/ or insulting words and/ or behaviour” towards Ferdinand including “a reference to ethnic origin and/ or race”. He denies the charge, the paper said.

Ferdinand’s legal team are watching the FA proceedings and have written to the organisation to set out their willingness to co-operate and to seek clarification on how the case will proceed.

The Metropolitan Police chose not to pursue that avenue of inquiry and now the FA has also decided not to request such information. It is understood that this has dismayed Ferdinand and his legal team, who might attempt to ascertain the information themselves should they pursue a civil action, the paper said.

The scale of punishment Terry might receive, if found guilty, could determine whether he has a future as an England international, it added. (ANI)