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Wilkins ready to aid Terry

ESPN staff
September 25, 2012
Ray Wilkins has said he is prepared to give evidence in John Terry's defence at the Chelsea player's FA hearing © Getty Images

Ray Wilkins has told ESPN that he is "on standby" to give evidence in the John Terry case, but as yet has not been asked by the player's legal team to attend the FA disciplinary hearing.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and England left-back Ashley Cole are attending the FA hearing, which relates to allegations that Terry used racist language towards Anton Ferdinand during the QPR versus Chelsea match on October 23, 2011.

The centre-back was cleared of the racism charge in court earlier this summer but, should he be found guilty by the FA in this week's hearing, Terry could face a lengthy ban.

On Sunday night the Englishman announced his retirement from international football, after claiming the FA had made his position "untenable".

Wilkins told ESPN: "I called John immediately after his decision to resign from the England team to see how he is. We didn't talk about my attendance at the FA hearing, but I am there for him if he needs me.

"I gave evidence on his behalf at the magistrates' court and I would do so again at the FA hearing, if they wish me to."

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