Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted club captain John Terry will have his backing whatever the outcome of the charge that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

John Terry

The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Wednesday that the England skipper, who has maintained his innocence and his determination to clear his name, will be put before magistrates over the alleged abuse during a Premier League game in October. 

Terry will also face a Football Association investigation, while a first criminal hearing is scheduled to take place in London in February of next year.

"In this particular case I would support John, even if he was found guilty," Villas-Boas told reporters ahead of the Blues' clash with Tottenham Hotspur late last night.