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John Terry cleared of racism against Anton Ferdinand


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John Terry cleared of racism against Anton Ferdinand

Ex-England captain John Terry has been cleared of racially abusing fellow footballer Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea and England defender had denied making the comments to the Queens Park Rangers player during a match at Loftus Road last October.

The 31-year-old told Westminster Magistrates' Court he was merely repeating what he thought Mr Ferdinand had said to him as they traded insults.

Mr Terry had described himself as "angry and upset" over the claims.

It was alleged he had insulted Mr Ferdinand in a Premier League match, describing him as "black" and using extreme sexual swear words.

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said he had heard a great deal of evidence to show Mr Terry was not a racist.

In his written judgement, he said that after weighing the evidence it was "highly unlikely" that Mr Terry abused Mr Ferdinand in the manner he was accused of.

Mr Riddle went on: "The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand at this point is not strong.

"It is therefore possible that what he [Mr Terry] said was not intended as an insult, but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him.

"In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty."

Mr Terry did not deny using the word "black" and swearing at Mr Ferdinand.

His defence was that he had thought Mr Ferdinand was accusing him of using the words, and was simply repeating them when he was caught on camera.

He was backed in court by Chelsea team mate Ashley Cole.

There were cheers in court from Mr Terry's supporters as he was cleared.

He did not comment to the waiting media as he left court.

But a spokesman for Mr Terry's legal team said: "The court has today acquitted John Terry of all charges.

"He did not racially abuse Anton Ferdinand, and the court has accepted this."

Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea Football Club, said: "Chelsea Football Club notes and, of course, we respect the decision of the magistrate today.

"We are pleased John can now put his mind to football, go back to training and do what he has been doing for many years."

Elaborating on his judgement, Mr Riddle said Mr Ferdinand was brave to give evidence, calling him a "believable witness".

He explained that it was not for him to decide whether Mr Terry was a racist, and that his only role was to ascertain whether the offence was carried out.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, defended the decision to bring the case to trial.

She said: "The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse.

"It was our view that this was not banter on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court."

Of the subsequent acquittal, she added: "That is justice being done and we respect the chief magistrate's decision."

The case led to Mr Terry being stripped of the England captaincy by the Football Association.

England manager Fabio Capello then resigned in protest.

The FA are yet to comment.

Source: BBC News

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What makes me even sadder is time and effort is put into something like this.

But then again, it's Britain - I guess we should have learned to expect stupidity of this degree from them already.

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Always going to happen. Anton Ferdinand provoked the whole incident and what was actually said was never proven anyway.

As my mum so rightly said, the only winners in this whole sorry tale were the lawyers. Bringing the case to trial was a massive waste of taxpayer's money.

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What makes me even sadder is time and effort is put into something like this.

But then again, it's Britain - I guess we should have learned to expect stupidity of this degree from them already.

To think that this sort of stupidity is limited to any select nation or to a group of nations is stupidity... Although if your goal was purely to become a dip****, you succeeded.

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