England captain John Terry will be charged with the alleged racial abuse of QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
The Crown Prosecution Service say there is sufficient evidence for the Chelsea star to face trial over alleged comments to the defender in a Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road on October 23.
Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London said:
“I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queen’s Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011.
“The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and after careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.
“Mr Terry will appear before West London Magistrates’ Court on 1 February 2012.
“He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial.”
The news comes days after new footage was handed to prosecutors, who have been considering whether there is enough evidence to bring charges against the footballer.Shortly after the allegations were made, Terry issued a statement saying: "I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me during the game.
"I'm disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand.
"I would never say such a thing, and I'm saddened that people would think so."
Terry has denied calling Ferdinand a "f****** black ****" during the match.
Yesterday, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Barclays Premier League match at Anfield on October 15.
The Uruguay international, who is expected to appeal against the Football Association's decision, was also fined £40,000.