A court has found John Terry not guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
Family and friends of Mr Terry leaped and shouted with joy inside Westminster Magistrates Court as District Judge Howard Riddle announced his verdict.
Mr Terry, of Oxshott in Surrey, did not show any emotion upon the verdict, and he quickly left the court to further cheers from supporters in the street outside.
The District Judge explained his verdict: "There is no doubt that Mr Terry uttered the words 'f****** black c***' at Anton Ferdinand. When he did so he was angry.
"Mr Ferdinand said that he did not precipitate this comment by himself accusing Mr Terry of calling him a black c***.
"Weighing all the evidence together, I think it is highly unlikely that Mr Ferdinand accused Mr Terry on the pitch of calling him a black c***.
"However I accept that it is possible that Mr Terry believed this at the time, and believes now, that such an accusation was made.
"The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand at this point is not strong.
"Mr (Ashley) Cole gives corroborating (although far from compelling corroborating) evidence on this point.
It is therefore possible that what he said was not intended as an insult, but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him.
"In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty."
He also said he was happy that neither Mr Terry nor Mr Ferdinand had lied about the matter.