John Terry
Terry has pleaded not guilty.

Chelsea skipper John Terry has been sacked as the England team captain following his allegations of racial abuse against Queen Park Rangers defender, Anton Ferdinand.

The 31-year-old defender got a call from Association chairman David Bernstein today at 1000 hours GMT conveying the board's decision, media reports said.

Terry was reportedly hurt on hearing the desicion because his trial is due to be heard on July 9. He is still deciding whether he wants to play for England this summer or not.

The FA board, including Chairman David Bernstein, Sir Dave Richards (FA Premier League chairman) and Phil Gartside (Bolton chairman), had a meeting on Thursday where they decided to pass a quick decision, keeping in mind the national team's reputation.

The Blue's defender will be penalised with a fine of £2,500 along with a small portion of his weekly football income. But the most important penalty for Terry will be losing the England captainship.

Meanwhile, Queen Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes showed disappointment over the trial dates, saying that this matter would affect his pre-season preparations.

"They've made a decision that impacts on one of my players; they've given a date which is slap bang in the middle of pre-season," he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

"I don't know how they've come up with the date, whether they have had discussions with the FA and made sure it doesn't impact on the Euros," he added.

This not the first time that Terry has been stripped of his captainship. Earlier in 2010 Terry had lost his captainship over allegations of an affair with Vanessa Perroncel (the former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge).