John Terry to face criminal charge

Updated: December 21, 2011, 5:58 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- For the first time in the long history of English soccer, a player is being prosecuted over words spoken on the field.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that John Terry, one of the country's best-known athletes, racially abused an opponent during an October match. Though the potential penalty -- a $4,000 fine -- is relatively small, the case throws soccer's decades-long struggle with racism onto a high-profile stage with deep ramifications for both the sport and Terry, who captains Chelsea ...

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