Chelsea captain John Terry has denied a Football Association charge for his part in last season's incident with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Terry, 31, is alleged to have used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" in the 23 October match.
The FA statement read: "It is alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand."
England defender Terry has, as expected, requested a personal hearing.
Last month Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of racially abusing Ferdinand during the Premier League game between the west London sides.
It was alleged Terry had insulted Ferdinand, describing him as "black" and using extreme sexual swear words.
But in reaching a not guilty verdict, chief magistrate Howard Riddle stated it was "possible that what was said was not intended as an insult but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him".
The prosecution had to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Terry had used the words in an insulting manner, which it could not.
But the FA only has to prove its case "on the balance of probabilities".
Fabio Capello resigned as England manager in February after Terry was stripped of the captaincy because of the allegations.
Capello's successor Roy Hodgson included Terry in the squad that played at Euro 2012.