The Football Association has been urged to punish John Terry despite the Chelsea captain being cleared of hurling racial abuse at another player.

The FA have said they will study the findings of the court case before deciding whether or not to bring any proceedings against the 31-year-old.

Terry was acquitted of a racially aggravated public order offence by chief magistrate Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

It was alleged that he had called Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***".

But the England star claimed he was sarcastically repeating a slur that the QPR defender mistakenly thought he had used during a Premier League match last year.

Former footballer and BBC presenter Garth Crooks argued Terry should still face action from the FA despite his defence.

He said: "I believe it was wrong of him to say these words under any circumstances - and though Terry has been found not to have committed a criminal offence, the FA must now decide whether the former England captain should be charged for contravening its own rules.

"If the FA don't act on the undisputed facts, and find Terry guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, a lot of good people are saying to me that there's no point in getting involved in the game at a senior level."

The FA can still bring charges even though Terry was found not guilty in court because they have a lower burden of proof - Liverpool's Luis Suarez was banned last season for racially abusing Patrice Evra but that case never went to court.

An FA spokesman said: "The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own inquiries. The FA will make no further comment at this time."