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John Terry alleged racial abuse trial begins

July 9, 2012 - London

English footballer and captain of the Chelsea football club John Terry attended court on the first day of the hearing of the alleged racial insult against Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand. Terry is facing allegations of using racial insult after he was taunted over affair with former team-mate's girlfriend.

Terry has allegedly called Anton Ferdinand 'f****** black c***' and 'f****** k***head, after Ferdinand said Terry had 's****** Bridge’s missus'. The abuse came when Terry was captaining Chelsea in a match at Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road ground in front of 20,000 fans. The match was watched by a TV audience of over two million.

John Terry arrived at the court wearing a grey suit and pink tie. His legal team, which includes QC Mr Carter Stephenson arrived early. Terry and his security team entered the court through a side door. The former England captain's lawyer Stephenson asked Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle for Terry to be allowed to sit beside him during the proceedings. His request was rejected and Terry sat in the dock during the proceedings. However, Terry was allowed to leave the dock to view footage of the incident. Television Coverage of the incident as well as unbroadcast footage were shown to the court.

John Terry accepted that he used the words but claimed that they were made in a sarcastic manner because he thought Ferdinand accused him of racially abusing him. The trial is set to last five days. If found guilty, Terry could face a £2,500 fine.

Timeline of events:

  • November 2, 2011 - Police investigation started following an allegation of racist abuse by John Terry against Anton Ferdinad
  • November 25, 2011 - Terry was interviewed under caution by the police
  • December 21, 2011 - Terry was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service for using racist language
  • February 3, 2012 - FA strips Terry of England captaincy and said that he would not lead the English national team until the racial abuse allegations against him were resolved
  • July 2012 - Terry enters a not guilty plea. Trial starts.

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