Terry pleading not guilty to racism charge

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LONDON (AP) -- England captain John Terry has pleaded not guilty to racially abusing an opponent during a Premier League match in October.

The formal prosecution of the Chelsea defender began Wednesday, with Terry accused of shouting an offensive comment at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during an October match.

Terry was not at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London for the first hearing and lawyer George Carter-Stephenson entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

The 31-year-old Terry faces a maximum fine of $3,940 if convicted of a racially aggravated public order offense.