It is the third day of the John Terry racism trial. The Chelsea footballer told Westminster court today that he tried to call Anton Ferdinand’s brother Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand after footage of Terry allegedly calling Anton Ferdinand a ” f*cking black C***” during a Premier league match on 23 October emerged in media reports.
The 31-year-old denies racially aggravated public order offence, claiming he was sarcastically repeating the slur that Ferdinand thought he had used and claimed that Anton was taunting him about having an alleged affair with a team mate’s ex partner.
Terry continued to tell the court how he made a statement before footage of the incident emerged, saying:
I knew there was nothing out there that would show that I had done anything wrong… I was keen to go forward with my police statement, my FA statement. If I had anything to hide I wouldn’t have done that… If there was ever any doubt in my mind, I could have held back, soaked it up and thought ‘Let’s wait until tomorrow, let’s see what kind of footage is out there.”
Prosecutor Duncan Penny then questioned Terry as to why he hadn’t tried to call Anton if this was simply a misunderstanding, Terry replied:
“I did attempt to call Rio and he wouldn’t take my call, I didn’t have Anton’s number.
If found guilty Terry faces a £2,500 fine.
The trial continues.