Chelsea skipper John Terry denies racist abuse towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand
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John Terry has released a statement denying he racially abused Anton Ferdinand during yesterday’s QPR-Chelsea match.
Unusually, Terry’s response was not to an official complaint by Ferdinand but in response to internet tittle-tattle – of the sort you might find on OTP – suggesting that he could be lip-read making racist comments towards the Hoops defender. You can judge for yourselves in the video above.
Terry said: “”I’ve seen that there’s a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in today’s game.
“I’m disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand. I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term.
“I would never say such a thing, and I’m saddened that people would think so.”
Terry added that Ferdinand had made no complaint and said the two remained on good terms.
“I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us.
“I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time.
“After the result today, I am saddened to be dealing with these wrongful allegations.”