What did John Terry say to Anton Ferdinand?
Oct 23, 2011 | 19 : 13 PM
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John Terry is alleged to have called Anton Ferdinand a "f***ing black c**t" as he retreated into the Blues half following a clash between the pair in the QPR penalty area during Ranger's 1-0 win over Chelsea on October 23rd, 2011, 

After the match Terry defended himself against the accusation explaining "I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him."

"I responded aggressively, saying I never used that term," he said.

As this clip shows, the key part of the Sky tv footage, in which Terry explained "Oi Anton, I never said..." was obscured by Ashley Cole walking across the camera.

(Note: this clip is periodically removed by the FA so please let us know if it is not working)

Ultimately, only Terry himself knows what he said and the FA and, the Premier League have been rapidly removing all video footage from YouTube and other video hosting sites elsewhere on the web. 

The incident has become the subject of an FA and potentially a police investigation, with Terry facing the possibility of being stripped of the England captaincy and of being charged with some kind of public disorder offence. Ferdinand has made it clear that he is distressed by the incident but is keeping his opinions to himself - until the investigation is complete, at least. 

Chelsea and their manager Andre Villas-Boas have rallied around the player, but there are many within football who are certain of Terry's guilt. 

Here's a BBC radio interview with Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts in which he explains why he doubts Terry's explanation of what happened. 

2011-10-24 16:49:14
Footage of Terry shouting at Ferdinand are scarce. The FA has been strict in removing them from Youtube and other sites - for obvious reasons. Here is a current clip of the fateful five or six seconds when Terry appears to use racist language. He, of course, denies it. 

 Here is Andre Villas-Boas defending his player, an act he may come to regret in my opinion. 

Paul Clark
John Terry clearly says you F**king Black C***! What a common racist idiot.
2011-10-26 08:55:49
The prospects of John Terry facing a criminal trial for the alleged racial insults became a lot stronger on December 1st, 2011, when the Metropolitan Police decided to pass on their file to the Crown Prosecution Service. 

This meant that, having reviewed the incident and interviewed John Terry under caution the previous Friday,  November 25th, that the Police felt that there was sufficient evidence for a potential court case. It will now be down to the CPS to decide whether the England and Chelsea captain will face a trial. 
2011-12-01 09:46:59
On December 21st, 2011, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it was recommending that the Chelsea and England captain should face a charge relating to a 'racially aggravated public order offence'. 

Terry, who denies the charge, had been interviewed under caution in November. Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for London, said in a statement: 

'I have today advised the Metropolitan Police that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a football match between Queen's Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October. The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and, after careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case." 
UPDATE: January 2012

A court hearing held on February 1st, 2012 ruled that John Terry will face a trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand on July 9th, 2012.  Terry did not personally attend the hearing held at Westminster Magistrates Court. His barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.  District Judge Howard Riddle ordered the trial to be held in July after hearing that many of Terry's Chelsea team mates would not be able to appear as witnesses until the end of the football season and the end of Euro 2012 in particular. The Final of the tournament is due to be held in the Ukraine on July 1st. 
2011-12-21 09:01:20
This is ridiculous. Why does there have to be a police investigation? Players call each other names all the time. I bet nothing would happen if Anton had called John a honky or snowflake. PC crap!

It's like a bnch of wimpy babies grassing each other up. Pathetic!
2012-05-16 22:53:07
This is ridiculous. Why is there even a police investigation? Players call each other names all the time. I bet if Anton called John a honky or a snowflake, nothing wold happen.

It's like a bunch of babies grassing each other up. Pathetic PC crap!
2012-05-16 22:56:56
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