Long awaited court case begins.
John Terry ‘racially abused’ Anton Ferdinand, trial told
John Terry used a racist obscenity against Anton Ferdinand after taunts about his alleged affair with a team-mate’s ex-partner, a court has heard.
The 31-year-old Chelsea and England footballer is charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence – an allegation he denies.
It relates to a comment allegedly made to the QPR defender when the teams played at Loftus Road last October.
The trial, set to last five days, is at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
If found guilty, the maximum sentence Mr Terry could receive is a £2,500 fine.
Chelsea captain Mr Terry was allowed out of the dock into the well of the court to view footage of the alleged insult.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst the stiffest penalty, laughably, for this offence is a £2,500 fine clearly John Terry stands to lose a lot more in terms of his own reputation.
The prosecution alleges that Terry responded to Anton Ferdinand’s “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,”
This suggestion would appear to be at odds with the Chelsea skipper’s assertion that he was merely responding to Anton Ferdinand’s assertion that Terry has racially abused him by using the same racist term used by the QPR centre back.
The case continues.
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