SEA captain John Terry and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez are today expected to learn whether they face action over separate instances of alleged racist behaviour.
Terry is under investigation from the police following accusations he abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during October’s defeat at Loftus Road – a claim he strenuously denies.
The England skipper is sweating on the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service, who have been mulling over a file they received from the police a fortnight ago.
Videos of Terry appearing to mouth an obscenity at Ferdinand surfaced on the internet just hours after Chelsea slipped to a costly 1-0 loss.
And in a new, potentially damaging development, the CPS is understood to have received fresh TV footage of the incident earlier this week.
Should the 31-year-old face a criminal charge, the Football Association would be under pressure to follow suit. The governing body is waiting until the police probe has been concluded before making a move.
Meanwhile, a secretive inquiry began on Wednesday after the FA charged Suarez, who has pleaded not guilty, with insulting Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and referring to his “ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race” during October’s 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Protesting his innocence, Suarez, who was accused of using a racist insult “at least 10 times” by Evra, said last month: “I called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him, and even they were surprised by his reaction.”