Chelsea Captain John Terry Abducted Of Racial Abuse
Chelsea captain John Terry have been found ‘not guilty’ of racially abusing Queens Park Ranger player, Anton Ferdinand, during an English premier league match last season
Earlier, the former England captain was escorted by security past a phalanx of press photographers and TV cameras into Westminster Magistrates’ Court to learn the decision of Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle, Mail of London reports.
During the four-day trial, Terry had been accused of calling QPR player Anton Ferdinand a ‘f****** black c***’ and a ‘f****** k*******’ after Ferdinand goaded him for his affair with a team-mate’s girlfriend.
But the versatile Chelsea captain told the court that he was only repeating back the slur that Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used.
His case was backed up by teammate Ashley Cole, who said he may have heard Ferdinand say ‘black’ during the exchange in front of a TV audience of two million in a clash between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers on October 23 last year.
Terry simply nodded when the chief magistrate gave verdict.Cheers erupted from Terry’s supporters in the public gallery as he exited the dock and left the courtroom.
Terry had faced a £2,500 fine if convicted of the racially aggravated public order offence. Giving evidence, Terry had described himself as ‘angry and upset’ over the claims.
The England defender has been on trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he denied a racially-aggravated public order offence dating back to Chelsea’s game at QPR on 23 October last year and was subsequently stripped of the England captain arm band.
Terry admitted using the offensive language in question but said he was sarcastically repeating a phrase he thought Ferdinand had accused him of using.
And the chief magistrate said the prosecution had failed to prove Terry was not telling the truth.
Riddle, summing up, found both Terry and Ferdinand to be credible witnesses and concluded it was “possible that what John Terry said was not an insult.”
And the Chelsea captain was met with cheers as he emerged from the courtroom and left without addressing the press.
Ferdinand had told the court, “When someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to another level and it’s very hurtful.”