Chelsea and England captain John Terry is facing allegations of racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, a defender for Queens Park Rangers.
The abuse happened at a Premiere Leage match in October, British authorities have informed the media on Wednesday.
The beautiful game is no stranger to racism charges, as Terry’s prosecution announcement comes just a day after Liverpool Strike Luis Suarez was fined £40,000 by the FA for racial abuse.
Suarez was also banned for eight matches because of his abuse of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a game this season.
Terry could be fined up to £2,500 pounds if found guilty of the charges, though the cost to his name and image could likely cost him much more.
The Chelsea captain is set to appear in court on 1 February to answer for charges of abusing Ferdinand during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat in October.
Police have been investigating the complaint, which came after video footage of the incident was leaked on the internet.
Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, Alison Saunders, said that she is “satisfied there is sufficient evidence” to convict Terry, and that it is in the public interest to prosecute the case.
Despite the Prosecutor’s confidence, Terry has repeatedly denied any allegations that he made racist comments to Ferdinand, especially because he was the younger brother of the captain’s long-time team mate Rio.
In a statement to the British media, Terry said that he was “disappointed” with the decision to prosecute his case, and that he hopes to be given a chance to “clear his name” as soon as possible.
He went on to say that he counts “people from all races and creeds” as his closest friends, and has never aimed a racist remark.
Terry maintains that he has campaigned against racism in the past, as he believes “there is no place for it in society.”
Because of this, Terry plans to fight tooth and nail to prove his innocence, and has the backing of his team, which remains “fully supportive” of their captain in his matter.
The club has also made a statement that said it finds all forms of discrimination “abhorrent” and is proud to work and campaign against racism.