Umbro sticks by John Terry, for the moment

Umbro is standing behind John Terry for the moment despite the England captain facing criminal charges for alleged racial abuse of Queen’s Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand.

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Terry, who also captains Chelsea, will appear in front of magistrates in February over claims that he racially abused Ferdinand in a league match earlier this season.

The player, who faces a £2,500 fine if convicted, denies the charges and has vowed to fight “tooth and nail” to clear his name.

A spokeswoman for Umbro, which makes the player’s boots and has a long-standing sponsorship of the England team, says that Terry “is still an Umbro sponsored player”. She declined to comment further until “the legal process has completed”.

Reports that the sportswear brand has removed images of the player from its website are untrue, she says, adding that the player can still be found and that no changes have been made since the Crown Prosecution Service announced the player had been charged.

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