John Terry has decided to contest the FA charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. An FA statement yesterday afternoon confirmed, “John Terry has today denied an FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race, towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.” The Chelsea captain has requested a personal hearing in which he intends to fight the allegations, although the FA have yet to decide a date at this point.
Elsewhere in the news Brendan Rodgers has told Luis Suarez to forget about Patrice Evra furore; Pienaar urges Everton to keep Baines, while Mourinho won’t stand in the way of Nurin’s possible loan move to Arsenal.
José Mourinho has told Arsenal he will not stand in the way of their attempt to sign the midfielder Nuri Sahin – [Guardian]
Craig Bellamy has admitted that he is enjoying taking part in the Games because he is viewed by fans as an Olympian rather than a hate-figure – [Independent]
Brendan Rodgers has told Luis Suárez it is in Liverpool’s best interests to “move on” from the Patrice Evra controversy – [Guardian]
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is poised to seal his loan switch to Fleetwood Town – [Sky Sports]
John Terry has denied a Football Association charge of racially abusing the Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand and has requested a personal hearing – [Guardian]
Robin van Persie’s reluctance to join Manchester City is putting his transfer deal on hold – [Independent]
Adalberto Baptista has dismissed speculation Manchester City have joined local rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Lucas Moura – [Sky Sports]
The Barclays Premier League have confirmed the creation of a new Under-21 competition to bridge the gap between the academy and first team – [Daily Mail]
Fabrice Muamba has revealed he made his football comeback on holiday in Dubai – [Sun]
Lambert full of praise for ‘lost boys’ Ireland and N’Zogbia – [Mirror]
Salomon Rondon is ready to snub interest from Tottenham and to move to Russian outfit Rubin Kazan – [Metro]
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