UK legislators to investigate racism in sports

By the Associated Press | January 10, 2012 | 9:53 AM EST

Chelsea's John Terry, left, reacts with goalkeeper Petr Cech after winning their English FA Cup third round soccer match against Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Sunday Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee will investigate racism in sports following a number of high-profile cases in soccer.

England captain John Terry will appear in court next month to face a criminal charge after allegedly directing racial abuse at a black opponent while playing for Chelsea.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during another Premier League match in October. Liverpool also had to apologize to an Oldham player who was reduced to tears by insults from their fans during an FA Cup match on Friday.

The culture, media and sport committee has decided to hold a hearing on March 6.