England captain John Terry will face a criminal charge over allegations that he racially abused an opponent in the Premier League.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the Chelsea defender for his on-field exchange with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on Oct. 23.

The 31-year-old Terry has publicly refuted the allegations that he racially abused Ferdinand, who is black.

The Metropolitan Police assessed the incident after a complaint by a member of the public last week and passed its evidence to the CPS for consideration on Dec. 1.

Ferdinand submitted his account of the incident to the Football Association and said he has ''very strong feelings on the matter.''