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I won't be branded racist, insists John Terry

The former England skipper is accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League game last October.

John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Courts in London.
John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Courts in London.
Image: Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images

FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN John Terry said he suffered continual abuse during football matches but was not prepared to put up with being branded a racist, his trial heard today.

Westminster Magistrates Court in London was played a recording of an interview between Chelsea skipper Terry and an investigator from the Football Association (FA), the sport’s governing body in England.

The central defender is accused of calling Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand a “fucking black c***” during a match between Chelsea and QPR on 23 October last year. The 31-year-old denies committing a racially aggravated public order offence.

A week after the incident, Terry was called in for an interview with FA investigator Jennifer Kennedy.

“I have been called a lot of things in my football career and off the pitch, but being called a racist I am not prepared to take,” the court heard Terry saying on the tape.

“That’s why I came out and made my statement immediately. I am not having Anton thinking that about me or anyone else.”

He told the investigator he was repeating back to Ferdinand what he believed the QPR defender he had said to him. He said he thought Ferdinand was accusing him of calling him those words.

“I was taken aback by that. I have never been accused of that,” he said. Today is the second day of Terry’s trial, which is expected to last five days.

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