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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Chelsea star John Terry was “very angry and upset” when he thought QPR defender Anton Ferdinand had accused him of racism, a court heard.
Terry, 31, is accused of calling Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” during a Premier League match on October 23 last year.
He says he was sarcastically repeating the words that QPR centre-half Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used.
Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence, which he denies.
Today he told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that as the pair traded insults, he heard Ferdinand say: “calling me a black c***”.
“I thought he was accusing me of calling him a black c***.
“I was very angry and I was upset. I replied ‘a black c***, you f****** knobhead”.
The father of two, wearing a dark suit, had to be told to keep his voice up at times as he gave evidence.
He said he was “frequently” insulted on the pitch and had “heard it all before”.
The Chelsea defender said: “It’s part and parcel of the game, you just get on with the game basically.”
He said he would be taunted about allegations of an affair with former team mate Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend at “more or less every game”.
But he said he would “just laugh it off basically”.
During the match at Loftus Road last year, Terry said he and Ferdinand first began trading insults when Ferdinand swore at him because a Chelsea player had not given the ball back to QPR.
Terry then ran back to his position and turned round to face Ferdinand.
“He was doing a pumping action and saying ‘shagging Bridge’s missus’,” Terry told the court.