Former England captain
John Terry appeared in court on Monday charged with racially
abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a
Premier League match in October.
Ferdinand, brother of Manchester United defender Rio, told
Westminster Magistrates Court that he had not realised at the
time that any racist insult had been directed at him by the
The high-profile case, focusing on foul language from both
players, triggered the resignation in February of England's
Italian manager Fabio Capello after the FA decided to strip
Terry of the captain's armband for Euro 2012.
The court heard that it was only when Ferdinand got home and
his then-girlfriend showed him a clip of the incident on YouTube
that he believed Terry had referred to his colour among the
He said he would have told officials at the time had he
"I would have been obviously very hurt and I probably
wouldn't have reacted at the time because, being a professional,
you can't do that. I probably would have let the officials know
what happened and dealt with it after the game," he said.
"When someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to
another level and it's very hurtful."
Terry, who was also present in court, denies committing a
racially aggravated public order offence and maintains he was
sarcastically repeating what Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had
He faces a fine of 2,500 pounds if convicted at a
hearing expected to last five days.
During cross-examination, Ferdinand agreed he had sworn at
players in the past and been on the receiving end.
He said he was angry at Terry seeking a penalty call and
there had been some barging on the pitch. He had also alluded to
an alleged affair between the Chelsea player and the
ex-girlfriend of former England team-mate Wayne Bridge.
Terry had been stripped of the England captaincy before the
2010 World Cup following those allegations.
Ferdinand also said he had been reluctant initially to talk
to the police because the incident had happened on the field of
play and was a sporting matter.
Allegations of racial abuse cast a shadow over the Premier
League last season, with Liverpool's Luis Suarez banned for
eight matches for abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra
during a match in October.
That case was dealt with by the football authorities rather
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