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Sir Alex Ferguson referee watch: Manchester United manager loses his temper briefly

Fergie ref watch: After his haranguing of Dean and co, how did Sir Alex behave on the touchline for clash against West Brom

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UPDATED:

01:24 GMT, 30 December 2012

It seemed like Sir Alex Ferguson was on his way to giving another set of officials the full treatment during Manchester United's 2-0 victory over West Brom at Old Trafford.

But although he did start shouting at assistant referee Andy Garrett over the award of a throw-in, he soon made up with him.

These pictures show the Red Devils boss giving Garrett an earful before later making him laugh, along with fourth official Phil Dowd.

Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett

Just joshing: Ferguson laughed with him afterwards

Making up: Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett… but then joked with him afterwards

Time for a chat: Garratt giggled while Ferguson chatted to fourth official Phil Dowd

Time for a chat: Garratt giggled while Ferguson chatted to fourth official Phil Dowd

The officials would have been wary
after the United manager's incredible rant at Mike Dean and his
assistants during the side's 4-3 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.

He strode on to the pitch to harangue
Dean about Newcastle’s controversial second goal and then berated both a
linesman and the fourth official.

But because the referee did not
include the incidents in his match report he is believed to view
Ferguson’s comments as within the boundaries of reasonable
communication.

Dean did not report him because he did not feel there was abusive language or any questioning of his integrity.

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Dowd was sandwiched between Fergie and the United mascot

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Dowd was sandwiched between Fergie and the United mascot

Manager watch

Wenger v Pardew

Pardew was banned for shoving an assistant referee this term but kept his hands to himself yesterday. Wenger stayed seated.

Hughton v Mancini

While Hughton was a silent witness to defeat, Mancini was furious with Nasri's red card, though he was sanguine at the time.

Jol v Laudrup

Laudrup remained in control amid doubts over Fulham's goal. Jol knew he and his players were to blame for defeat.

Lambert v Martinez

Lambert kept cool despite another thrashing. His rival appeared annoyed by refereeing decisions but reined himself in.

McDermott v Allardyce

A feisty game but neither tangled with the officials. McDermott stood in his technical area while Big Sam stayed seated.

Pulis v Adkins

Both were animated but well behaved throuighout. Pulis was asked to retreat from the touchline in the second half, and did.

Martin O'Neill v AVB

Little to move Andre VIllas-Boas, who sat through most of the game. Martin O'Neill prowled his technical area as usual.

Gareth Barry to miss Manchester City"s trip to Newcastle after Mark Clattenburg fallout

Barry to miss City's trip to Newcastle after deciding not to contest FA charge for using abusive language towards Clattenburg

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Gareth Barry will miss Manchester
City's trip to Newcastle on Saturday after deciding not to contest a
one-match ban for using foul and abusive language towards fourth
official Mark Clattenburg at the end of the Manchester derby.

On Tuesday night Barry was said to be shocked by the FA’s action. The incident came just days after
John Mikel Obi was banned for three games and fined 60,000 for a
similar offence against Clattenburg, who was embroiled in a race row
with the Chelsea player when he took charge of the game against
Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in October.

The 37-year-old official from Tyne and Wear was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the Metropolitan Police and the FA.

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday

Clattenburg was the fourth official
at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when it is alleged that Barry ‘used
abusive and/or insulting words’ towards him after City’s 3-2 defeat to
United.

Both City and the FA refused to
confirm that Clattenburg is the official in question in an attempt to
spare him from any more unwanted publicity.

But Sportsmail understands he was the
one on the receiving end of Barry’s comments as the England midfielder
stormed down the tunnel moments after Robin van Persie’s injury-time
winner.

Rio Ferdinand in training at Carrington on Tuesday

Robin van Persie (left) and Rio Ferdinand in training

No scar, Rio Ferdinand's face looked in far better shape during United's training session at their Carrington headquarters on Tuesday morning after he was last seen bleeding at the end of the Manchester derby

No scar Rio Ferdinand

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

The goal came from a free-kick awarded by referee Martin Atkinson for Carlos Tevez’s foul on Rafael da Silva.

At first it was thought that Barry
had clashed with his manager Roberto Mancini as he left the pitch at
full time, but the City boss confirmed his player was unhappy with the
officials.

‘The referee and linesmen made some mistakes today,’ remarked Mancini after the game. ‘I don’t know what Gareth said.’

After receiving Atkinson’s report the
FA issued a statement that read: ‘Manchester City’s Gareth Barry has
been charged by the FA for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used
abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following the
Manchester City v Manchester United game on Sunday 9 December 2012.’

As the fall-out from Sunday’s derby
continued, a 15-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a
racist tweet sent to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. He was
later bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are still trying to identify
the fan who threw a coin at Ferdinand as he celebrated United’s late
goal, cutting the defender above the left eye.

Another supporter, one of nine people
charged over a variety of offences committed on the day, had to be
restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart after he ran on to the pitch and
tried to confront Ferdinand.

Arsenal and Tottenham vow to stamp out yobs

Shop a yob! Arsenal and Spurs strike text message pact to kick abusive fans out of ground

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 16 November 2012

Arsenal and Tottenham have vowed to stamp out yobbish abuse by threatening offending fans with instant ejection.

They have warned that any supporter identified by text message as using anti-social language could be immediately kicked out of the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Supporters who witness abusive behaviour, including foul, racist or anti-Semitic language, have been asked to send a text message to 67777 with the insulting chant and the offender’s row and seat number.

Watching brief: Arsene Wenger will lead his Arsenal side against Tottenham at the Emirates

Watching brief: Arsene Wenger will lead his Arsenal side against Tottenham at the Emirates

The texts will be relayed straight to the stadium’s control room so that the perpetrator can be dealt with at once. He or she will be spoken to by a steward and, if the offending persists, could be removed from the ground.

The text system, although only occasionally used by fans, enables supporters to know that they can report abusive behaviour without fear of retribution — and see an immediate effect.

Arsenal and Tottenham issued joint statements reminding supporters that such behaviour during the match will not be tolerated. The Metropolitan Police will also be handing out leaflets before the 12.45pm kick-off, while Tottenham advised their fans that any flags and banners would be checked before they are allowed to enter Arsenal’s stadium.

Flags of an ‘overtly religious, sectarian or political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated’, the club said.

Tottenham fans have been criticised by the Society of Black Lawyers recently for calling themselves the ‘Yid Army’, while former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger were taunted when the sides met last season at White Hart Lane.

On the ball: Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during a training session

On the ball: Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during a training session

Arsenal and Tottenham have worked together ahead of north London derbies for a number of seasons and Spurs officials will also meet with police and representatives from Kick It Out next week to discuss ‘how to collectively eradicate anti-Semitism from our footballing community . . . both inside and outside stadiums’.

The clubs’ joint statement added: ‘A north London derby is always a special occasion and we hope Saturday’s match will be remembered for both the action on the pitch, as well as the positive support for both teams off it. All fans should be aware that breaches of stadium regulations — including anti-social behaviour — will not be tolerated.’

Wenger said: ‘We have to deal with the crowd. That’s our job. We are professionals. You have to understand the crowd wants you to win and you have to deal with the fact that they’re not always happy.

‘That’s where you see the personality and the sense of responsibility of the player. My biggest desire is to see our fans happy.’

In discussing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wonder goal against England this week, Wenger also made a pertinent point about his own side’s chances today. He said the Sweden striker was ‘in the zone’ when he scored his magnificent fourth goal.

Tottenham's William Gallas

Tottenham's Gareth Bale

Skills: William Gallas (left) and Gareth Bale prepare to visit Arsenal on Saturday

‘It shows you how important it is to get that confidence in our sport,’ Wenger added, ‘to just do things with a freedom of spirit without any handbrake.’

How desperately Arsenal could do with an injection of that Zlatan swagger, that ‘freedom of spirit’, against Andre Villas-Boas’s team. Ibrahimovic, after all, was the striker who had the audacity to tell Wenger he ‘didn’t do auditions’ when he visited Arsenal’s training ground as a teenager, turning down an opportunity to practise with the first team before eventually joining Ajax.

But instead, Wenger’s side must deal with the anxiety of a crowd unnerved by just two victories in five home league games so far this season.

Tottenham have finished below Arsenal throughout the Frenchman’s time in charge but Tottenham come to the Emirates a point and a place above them in the Barclays Premier League table.

Injury doubts over Olivier Giroud (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (hip), who were both assessed yesterday, do not help Arsenal’s cause, either, while players such as Theo Walcott (hip), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Bacary Sagna (leg) also face fitness tests this morning.

Australia coach Robbie Deans laughs off David Campese tirade

Under-fire Australia coach Deans laughs off Campese tirade

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 15 November 2012

Australia coach Robbie Deans fended
off his critics by claiming their abusive comments were part
of the territory for an international coach.

Deans, who is under fierce pressure
after the Wallabies' 33-6 defeat to France in Paris last Saturday,
jokingly suggested he would even welcome arch-critic David Campese into
the camp before Saturday's game against England.

Under pressure: Australia coach Robbie Deans

Under pressure: Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia line-up v England

Barnes; Ioane, Ashley-Cooper,
Tapuai, Cummins; Beale, Phipps; Robinson, Polota, Alexander; Timani,
Sharpe (capt); Dennis, Hooper, Palu. Substitutes: Moore, Kepu, Slipper,
Samo, Sheehan, Harris, Mitchell.

He said the Australian, a World Cup winner in 1991, was entitled to his views, which included a comment this week that the New Zealander had 'destroyed Australian rugby' and that he was the 'worst thing that's ever happened to Australian rugby'.

The loss to France has heightened tension around the Wallabies after an erratic year in which they finished second in the new Rugby Championship behind the dominant All Blacks.

Despite Campese's comments, Deans tried to remain good-natured. He said: 'It's great that David's passionate about the game still. But I really don't want to comment further.'

He added: 'People are entitled to their opinion. It's part of the territory. Most importantly it (the defeat to France) was a performance we weren't proud of and we want to address it (against England). That's where all our time and energy is going.

'Every week there's pressure, that's what living in this arena is. It's not about me, it's about helping the team do what they do.'

Recalled: Australia's Digby Ioane

Recalled: Australia's Digby Ioane

Deans partly blamed player fatigue for the poor display in Paris towards the end of an international calendar which will see the Wallabies play 15 Tests in 2012.

'This year has been an extraordinary year. There's been a lot of adversity and some challenges. Along the way the side has shown its character but last weekend we didn't.'

Deans confirmed a Wallaby line-up showing four changes to the team who lost to France. Fit-again winger Digby Ioane is recalled and Berrick Barnes starts at full back. Up front, the Wallabies have brought in Ben Alexander at tighthead prop and lock Sitaleki Timani.

Mark Halsey twitter abuse sees man cautioned by police

Liverpool fan who abused Halsey on Twitter after United defeat cautioned by police

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 28 September 2012

Abused: Halsey

Abused: Halsey

The man who posted abusive messages about referee Mark Halsey after his handling of Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last weekend has been cautioned by the police.

Liverpool supporter, 27, John Wareing tweeted: 'I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies.'

Halsey, a cancer survivor, had reported the abuse to the police earlier this week.

DS Tony Lunt of Greater Manchester police said: 'Clearly the victim and his family were very distressed by the extremely offensive comments posted on Twitter.

'We take all reports of abuse on social networking sites very seriously as these remarks can and do have a devastating impact on people’s lives.

'As a result of our investigation, we have cautioned a man who has admitted responsibility for some of the messages.

'This individual was very apologetic and realises that in a moment of stupidity he posted deeply derogatory remarks about the victim and completely regrets his actions.

'Twitter, like all social networking sites, can be a fantastic tool for people to communicate but it must not be abused to the detriment of decent hard-working people who may be in the public eye.

'Our inquiries are ongoing to identify anyone else who posted these offensive messages.'

Paddy Kenny fined by Neil Warnock over texts

Punished! Warnock fines 'remorseful' keeper Kenny over abusive messages

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 25 August 2012

Neil Warnock has fined goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for his abusive messages to QPR chairman Tony Fernandes and techical director Mike Rigg.

As revealed by Sportsmail on Thursday, Kenny phoned his former employers to taunt them over new goalkeeper Robert Green's debut in which he conceded five goals.

The 34-year-old former Ireland international sent texts and left voicemail messages with Fernandes and Rigg, impersonating Green’s agent and sarcastically claiming the keeper will ‘come good’.

Fined: Paddy Kenny has been punished for his actions

Fined: Paddy Kenny has been punished for his actions

In his Independent column Warnock said: 'I was disappointed that something that began in good humour got out of hand.

‘I’ve spoken to Paddy Kenny and he was full of remorse and couldn’t apologise to me quickly enough. I told him there is no problem with having a drink to celebrate a win like last Saturday’s over Wolves but he must be aware of his responsibilities to the club and be careful where he is and what he does.

‘I’ve fined him and he has agreed to finish on Twitter with immediate effect. He has also apologised to Tony Fernandes. I’ve also spoken to Tony and told him I honestly believe there will not be a repeat. We ended the call on good terms.

'It is disappointing when something which is essentially a private conversation becomes public the way this has but, as I’ve told players before, they need to be very careful about texting and Tweeting.'

QPR boss Mark Hughes said: ‘The messages were totally inappropriate. I’m sure Paddy regrets it. I don’t know why he is so upset because we helped him go back to Yorkshire in the summer when he decided he wanted to leave.

‘It is unusual but I’m sure Robert Green can cope with it. He was disappointed with the first goal last week, but he wants to put that right.

‘As far as everything else that has been going on around him, he has to put that out of his mind.’

QPR furious at Paddy Kenny"s abusive texts

EXCLUSIVE: QPR fury at Kenny's 'abusive' phone rant after Swansea drubbing

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 22 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

QPR have made a formal complaint to Leeds accusing goalkeeper Paddy Kenny of sending a series of abusive messages to a member of their management team.

Kenny, sold by Rangers to Leeds in the summer, is said to have been mocking QPR after the 5-0 home defeat by Swansea on the opening day of the season. His replacement, Rob Green, made a howler to concede the opening goal on his debut following his move from West Ham.

It is said a number of Kenny’s messages were of an aggressive nature.
The messages were supposedly sent on Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Claim: Paddy Kenny is believed to have sent abusive texts to QPR staff

Claim: Paddy Kenny is believed to have sent abusive texts to QPR staff

Kenny had played in goal for Leeds during their opening Championship win over Wolves earlier in the day. Leeds are believed to be investigating the complaint.

Rangers sold Kenny to Elland Road for 900,000 in the summer. He made a mistake in their last game of the season at Manchester City that could have seen QPR relegated and was allowed to move to Leeds and rejoin Neil Warnock, who had been sacked by Rangers.

The latest text row comes after Sportsmail revealed how Kevin Pietersen had sent messages to the South Africa dressing room about his captain, Andrew Strauss.

Gaffe: QPR keeper Robert Green was at fault for Swansea's opening goal

Gaffe: QPR keeper Robert Green was at fault for Swansea's opening goal

Kenny was in the QPR side promoted after winning the Championship in May 2011.

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been informed of the Kenny incident and has asked to be kept fully up to date with developments.

If QPR are dissatisfied with how Leeds deal with the matter, they could ask the FA to discipline the keeper.

Kenny linked up with Warnock for the fourth time when he moved to Elland Road. He spent the previous two campaigns at QPR under Warnock and eight seasons at Sheffield United, where he failed a drug test after testing positive for ephedrine. He was banned for nine months by the FA.

In the past: Kenny worked with Leeds boss Neil Warnock at QPR

In the past: Kenny worked with Leeds boss Neil Warnock at QPR

He was also involved in a drunken fight with his friend at an Indian restaurant in Halifax, in which his eyebrow was bitten off. Warnock also signed Kenny for Bury.

Leeds refused to comment when contacted by Sportsmail on Wednesday night.

Roy Hodgson risks FA fury by backing John Terry in race row with Anton Ferdinand

Roy risks FA fury by backing Terry in battle against charge of abusing Ferdinand

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23:00 GMT, 14 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has risked the wrath of his employers by publicly outlining his support for Chelsea captain John Terry, who is preparing to defend himself against an FA charge of abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this summer after clashing with Ferdinand at Loftus Road last autumn.

He was then charged by the FA with using insulting and abusive language towards an opponent. His case will be heard at the end of next month.

Public backing: The England boss has come out in Terry's corner

Public backing: The England boss has come out in Terry's corner

Despite admitting he could be in danger of influencing the case’s outcome, Hodgson has spoken out in support of Terry ahead of tonight’s friendly against Italy in Switzerland.

Hodgson said: 'As far as I am concerned he has a case to answer with the FA and I’ll wait and see what happens. I’m hoping, and I make no secret of this, that the case will take its course and that John, hopefully, will be freed as he was freed in a court of law, and will carry on playing for England.

'That's my hope. What will happen, I have no idea. As a member of the FA, it’s a sub judice situation and I’m not prepared to say any more.

'I thought John did well in the Euros and I’d like to keep using him but this is a case which is way out of my hands. John understands that.

'All I can do, like many of his supporters I suppose, is just hope he gets freed and can continue to play.'

Terry is not in Hodgson's experimental side for tonight’s game but began his season with Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Acquittal: Terry was cleared of criminal charges at court, but the FA stepped in after the case involving Ferdinand

Acquittal: Terry was cleared of criminal charges, but the FA stepped in after the case involving Ferdinand

Acquittal: Terry was cleared of criminal charges at court, but the FA stepped in after the case involving Ferdinand

Jeered and abused throughout by Manchester City fans at Villa Park, Terry can perhaps expect more of the same when the Barclays Premier League gets under way this weekend.

Asked if English football should try and learn lessons from the behaviour of athletes in the London Olympics, Hodgson pointed out that supporters have a responsibility, too.

He said: 'A benchmark has been set and we must accept that. Football, cricket, rugby and the other major team sports, we will be under a little bit more of the spotlight.

‘I wouldn't mind the spotlight also being focused on the crowd, though. What made the Olympics was the incredible support the athletes got and the tremendous behaviour of the spectators.

'Maybe we need to start looking at our behaviour on and off the field but also in the stadium itself. Maybe it was a wake-up call for us all, that you don’t need that hatred which football players have to suffer when they are playing.'

Back in action: Terry played for the Blues in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City

Back in action: Terry played for the Blues in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City

Terry’s Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard is expected to captain England tonight and also conceded some lessons could be learned from the Olympics.

He said: 'When you hear the athletes speak after winning or losing they’re very humble people, very privileged to be where they are. We can all take that on board.'

Meanwhile, only 14,000 tickets have been sold for Wednesday's game and the 32,000-capacity Stade de Suisse Wankdorf is not expected to be full.

Ashley Cole joins Twitter and has pop at Arsenal fans

Former Gunner Cole joins Twitter… and he's already used site to aim a dig at Arsenal fans

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18:16 GMT, 22 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Ashley Cole joined Twitter on Sunday, and he's already used the social networking site to have a pop at former club Arsenal.

Within 12 hours of joining the site the Chelsea defender replied to taunts from Arsenal fans, among them Piers Morgan, by boasting about the number of trophies he has won since leaving the Emirates for Stamford Bridge in 2006.

I am what I am: Ashley Cole tweeted this photo to gloat at Arsenal fans

I am what I am: Ashley Cole tweeted this photo to gloat at Arsenal fans

Fans of the Gunners bombarded Cole's profile with abusive tweets as soon as the England left-back joined the site, as many of the Arsenal faithful have struggled to forgive Cole for his move to their London rivals.

Cole has won 11 major club trophies in his career, and he responded to the taunts with a boast of his own.

He gloated about the fact that, while Chelsea had won a number of competitions since 2006, Arsenal had won nothing in the same period.

In fact Arsenal haven't lifted any silverware – of any note – since beating Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup Final, a fact which Cole seemed to enjoy reminding fans of his former club.

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Stream: Cole responded to abusive messages from Arsenal fans

Stream: Cole responded to abusive messages from Arsenal fans

He tweeted: 'I am what I am!!! Winnerrr!!!! Hahahahahahah, 11 to me 0 for you!!! http://yfrog.com/h7i4jsoj'

Accompanied with a photograph of him in the dressing room in Munich after Chelsea's Champions League triumph in May.

He then tweeted to Morgan, who had called the defender 'Cashley' in reference to him leaving Arsenal for a pay hike at Chelsea.

Graphic: Cole also tweeted this image, comparing the number of trophies Chelsea and Arsenal have won since 2006

Graphic: Cole also tweeted this image, comparing the number of trophies Chelsea and Arsenal have won since 2006

Stretch it out: Cole tweeted this photo as he and Chelsea team-mates stretched on Sunday in Central Park

Stretch it out: Cole tweeted this photo as he and Chelsea team-mates stretched on Sunday in Central Park

Cole retorted: '@TheRealAC3 @piersmorgan Guess Whos winning… !! pic.twitter.com/FlFL7cjM'

Accompanied with a mocked up graphic of all seven trophies Cole had acquired whilst in Chelsea blue.

Alongside the Arsenal crest is a sparse blue space, denoting how many trophies the Gunners have won in the same time period.

Cole later tweeted of those he repeatedly gloated at: 'tut tut tut, love to give it out but cant take it when the truth is told, babies!!!! thought people on here had sense of humour!!!!!'

He also used the site to interact with football friends Wayne Rooney, Joleon Lescott and Nigel de Jong, and tweeted a photo of Chelsea stretching in Central Park earlier on Sunday.

John Terry back at Chelsea but could still face charge

Terry's back in blue but Chelsea skipper may still be facing an FA charge

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UPDATED:

22:20 GMT, 18 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

John Terry found no shortage of well-wishers at Chelsea’s training ground on Wednesday after returning for the first time since he was found not guilty of a racially aggravated offence.

The Chelsea skipper left the country for a holiday in Portugal after the court case.

Now, after returning to training at Cobham, he is expected to join his Chelsea team-mates in Seattle at the weekend after taking extended leave because of Euro 2012.

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Feeling Blue: John Terry was back at Chelsea training on Wednesday

An independent QC is considering the 15-page court judgement from chief magistrate Howard Riddle and is expected to make recommendations to FA bosses this week.

Terry could still be charged under Rule E3, which concerns foul and abusive language. A sub-section relates to racial comments.

He has maintained throughout that he used the words ‘f****** black c***’ at Loftus Road last October only in a rhetorical sense.

He has been interviewed by Jenni Kennedy, the FA’s head of off-field regulation, and warned there is no place for such language in football. Terry is prepared for another fight to clear his name if charged.

Meanwhile, Birmingham are set to sign Chelsea left back Ben Gordon, 21, on a six-month loan deal.