Terry will not stand down as England captain

Updated: February 2, 2012

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John Terry will not relinquish his England captaincy before Euro 2012, according to a BBC source.

The Chelsea player’s trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand has been adjourned until July 9th. The result of the trial will now not be known until after Euro 2012 and several players and media organisations have called for Terry to step down as England captain.

The BBC source believes Terry will not resign his England captaincy, however. The source said, “He won’t stand down. He is sure of his innocence and thus feels it would be wrong to do so,

John Terry’s lawyer issued this statement on Wednesday on his client’s behalf:

“Now that the court has fixed a date for trial, Mr Terry looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name.

“Mr Terry has consistently and resolutely maintained that his well-publicised remarks were made in the belief that he was being accused of racist abuse by Mr Ferdinand.

“Mr Terry was shocked and disgusted by that accusation at the time. Mr Terry denies making any racist statement, and will establish in court that he is not guilty of any such offence.”

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