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Monday, July 9, 2012
Chelsea star John Terry said “f****** black c***” to QPR player Anton Ferdinand after taunts about his alleged affair with a team-mate’s girlfriend, a court heard.
England mainstay Terry appeared in court this morning (Monday) to face a charge of racially abusing Ferdinand.
Appearing in the dock dressed in a light grey suit, white shirt and pink tie, he denied the charge.
The alleged incident took place during a Premier League match between Chelsea and Queen's Park Rangers, on October 23 last year.
The court heard that Terry told Ferdinand to "f*** off" and also called him a "f****** knobhead" as the pair exchanged insults.
Terry maintains he was only sarcastically repeating words that Ferdinand wrongly thought he had used.
Crown prosecution barrister, Duncan Penny, said: "The Crown's case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and that the term 'f****** black c***' was uttered as an abusive insult demonstrating hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership of a racial group.
"They were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation."
In a statement to the FA five days after the incident, John Terry admitted he and Ferdinand exchanged "verbals" during the match.
"We're still having a, sort of, ding-dong, if you like. That's when, as I said before, he said 'black c***', he said.
"Now clearly, as I said before, I don't think he's calling me a black c***, but at the same time I take quite a strong offence."
The England defender said he was not offended by the taunts about the alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, because "it's not the first time I've heard it, so it's with a pinch of salt a little bit now".
The trial continues.