Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken out in defence of his ex-skipper John Terry, saying he is not racist. But the Special One acknowledges that Terry “probably” had a racist attitude during a game.
Terry has been banned for four matches by the FA over his alleged racist comments towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
In an interview for Mourinho Masterclass, which airs on CNN International on October 5, the Real Madrid coach said: “He is not a racist. That’s 100 per cent.
“We (Chelsea) had a squad where we had 12 African players in the squad. It was a fantastic squad and he had always a great relation with every one of them.
“But in football it can happen, and I know it can happen, that during a football match because sometimes it’s more than a game and sometimes you have reactions that don’t represent what you are really.
“Probably, he had a racist comment or a “racist” attitude against an opponent and, sometimes in football, we look to our opponents in the wrong way.
“But to pay, he has to be punished.
“But please, don’t say that he is a racist because I know what I am saying… Drogba will say, Geremi will say, Makelele will say, all of them will say that he is not a racist.”