Chelsea captain John Terry has dramatically been cleared of
racially abusing QPR player Anton Ferdinand during a Premiership game in October 2011.
The Chief magistrate Howard Riddle delivered the verdict to a packed Westminster Magistrates’ court on Friday 13 July 2012.
During the four day trial, Terry had been accused of racially abusing Ferdinand after he provoked him for having affair with a team-mate's girlfriend.
But it has since been affirmed that Terry only repeated back the slur that Ferdinand mistakenly thought was used on him.
-It is impossible to be sure what were the words spoken by Mr. Terry at the time. It is also impossible to say what was said by Mr. Ferdinand. I am satisfied that there was little or no good reason for him to lie about the central issue on this case.
- I think it is unlikely that on the central point he was lying. Overall I found Anton Ferdinand to be a believable witness on the central issue. It’s clear that the prosecution had built a strong case. Riddle told Mail Online.
Terry would have faced a £2,500 fine if convicted of the racially aggravated public order offense, but more significantly, the potential end of his England footballing career.