Chelsea captain John Terry "positive and upbeat" amid FA racism hearing

Chelsea captain Terry 'positive and upbeat' amid FA racism hearing



05:27 GMT, 26 September 2012

John Terry has remained 'positive and
upbeat' amid his Football Association racism case this week, according
to Chelsea assistant boss Eddie Newton.

Newton provided the first insight
into the Blues captain's mindset after the first two days of his
personal hearing over claims he used racist language towards Anton

One of the boys: John Terry joins in celebrations for Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand goal against Wolves

One of the boys: John Terry joins in celebrations for Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand goal against Wolves

Terry, who denies the charge, was expected back at Wembley on Wednesday to continue his fight to clear his name once and for all after electing to play for Chelsea in Tuesday's Capital One Cup 6-0 thrashing of Wolves.

Newton revealed manager Roberto Di Matteo had been keeping tabs on the 31-year-old, saying: 'He's been fine, dealing with the situation at hand, coming in and doing what he has to do at the club.

'We've been talking to him, Robbie's been talking to him, and he's been very positive and upbeat.'

The independent FA panel is expected to hear evidence in Terry's favour on Wednesday, with Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole likely to be called upon to testify.

Cole, who sat out the Blues' game completely, provided evidence that helped exonerate Terry in his Westminster Magistrates Court case in July related to the same incident.

Positive: Chelsea had no doubts about playing Terry

Positive: Chelsea had no doubts about playing Terry

Cole told the court at the time: 'We shouldn't be sitting here.'

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins, who also testified on Terry's behalf in court, was also prepared to go to the FA hearing to support the defender, who announced his international retirement on Sunday.

The case centres around an incident during Chelsea's Barclays Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23 last year when Terry and Ferdinand clashed verbally on a number of occasions.

It set in motion a train of events that saw:

Terry charged with an offence by the Crown Prosecution Service

Terrystripped of the England captaincy

The subsequent resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager in protest

Questions surrounding Terry's inclusion in the Euro 2012 squad and Rio Ferdinand's omission.

Terry was found not guilty in magistrates court in July of a racially-motivated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” as an insult.

Terry admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

The FA's decision to press ahead with their own charges infuriated Terry to the extent that, on the eve of the disciplinary hearing, he quit international football with immediate effect, declaring his position 'untenable'.