The Football Association decided John Terry still has a case to answer, a fortnight after being acquitted by a court of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in October, Chelsea captain Terry was charged by the FA over the same incident.
Despite being given a week to respond, Terry's reaction was instant, the 31-year-old saying in a statement: "I deny the charge and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing."
Moments earlier, the FA said in their statement: "Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the Football Association with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, the FA have confirmed.
"It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand."
The Blues skipper was acquitted on that basis but the FA refused to drop their own investigation into the matter, which they had put on hold the moment Terry was charged with a criminal offence.
They confirmed tonight they had sought advice from "an external Independent QC" and had also taken into account the trial evidence and verdict before deciding to act.
They added: "This charge is the result of the FA's long-standing enquiries into this matter, which were placed on hold pending the outcome of the criminal trial, and relates to rules governing football only."