Just when we thought that Mario Balotelli was the most controversial footballer in the Premiership, in walks John Terry. Or should we say ‘in returns’ John Terry?

The England and Chelsea captain allegedly hurled racist abuse at black player Anton Ferdinand (younger brother of Rio) at Sunday’s QPR vs Chelsea match, calling Anton a “black c***”. The incident was caught on video which immediately appeared on the Internet.

Terry later denied making these remarks releasing a statement on Sunday night saying

I’ve seen that there’s a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in Sunday’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. I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us… He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time.

The Football Association have removed almost all online video footage of the incident (and continue to do so – we’re playing cat and mouse with them), raising suspicions as to what exactly was said. However, we’ve managed to find (yet another) video you can see above. It’s also available in HD, just click to turn HD on using the icon in the right hand menu of the video.

The Evening Standard reports that sources suggest Terry called Ferdinand a “blind c***” not a “black c***”. *side eye*

This wouldn’t be the first time John Terry has faced racist allegations. Back in 2006 he allegedly called Ledley King a “black lippy monkey” and in 2008 had altercations with Carlos Tevez which saw Terry spit on Carlos and allegedly hurl racial abuse as well.

Do you think Terry was racist? Should the FA punish Terry harshly or will he get away with it? Share your thoughts.