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Terry to stand trial in July

CHARGES: John Terry denies he racially abused Anton Ferdinand

JOHN TERRY has denied the charges he racially abused QPR's player, Anton Ferdinand.

The England skipper didn't attend the hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today, but his barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Prosecutors ruled before Christmas that Terry, 31, should be charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence after a video footage, which appears to show him shout an offensive comment at Ferdinand during a Premier League match on October 23, surfaced.

"I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence," Terry said after CPS announced plans to prosecute him.

The date of the trial has been set for July 9 and the 31-year-old faces a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted.

The trial date comes after the end of Euro 2012 and before the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season.

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