John Terry on Monday faces a Football Association disciplinary panel with regards to the incident involving the Chelsea captain and Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, with Terry having retired from international football less than 24 hours before, the BBC
Terry announced on Sunday evening that he was stepping away from England duty, claiming the FA’s decision to pursue a case against him even after he was cleared of an offence in court had rendered his position in the national team untenable. Terry faced a trial for a racially aggravated public order offence but was acquitted in July.
However, whereas the prosecution in the trial had to prove Terry’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, which it was unable to do, the FA’s burden of proof is lower. The BBC notes that the governing body only has to meet the lower standard of the burden of probabilities.
Terry is said to have contacted manager Roy Hodgson to inform him of his decision on Sunday, bringing an end to an international career than began in 2003 and has twice seen Terry appointed England captain. In all, Terry won 78 caps for England and played at World Cups in 2006 and 2010.
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