Chelsea captain John Terry has denied a Football Association charge of using abusive and insulting language towards Anton Ferdinand, two weeks after he was cleared by a criminal court over the matter.
The FA alleges Terry "used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour ... (and) included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand" during a Premier League match last October.
The former England captain has requested a special hearing.
"I deny the charge and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing," Terry said.
Terry was cleared , at a London court hearing on July 13, of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Ferdinand.
However, the FA said in a statement they had now charged Terry after reviewing evidence gathered in its own inquiry in addition to the criminal investigation.
In the Westminster Magistrates' Court, prosecutors claimed Terry, one of the best paid players in the Premier League, used the phrase "f****** black c***" as an insult.
He denied the claims, saying that he was sarcastically repeating a slur that Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used.
The magistrate who ruled on the case found Terry not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence after deciding it was "impossible" to be sure what the defender said.
The FA, which has already interviewed Ferdinand and Terry, had to suspend its investigation when the police probe kicked in.