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John Terry: Sun Says QPR’s Anton Ferdinand Wants To Shoot Chelsea Captain John Terry

by | 9th, November 2011

JOHN Terry Race Row: Anton Ferdinand shoots a gun; Ashley Cole speaks; and Rio Ferdinand tweets against the FA:

The Sun spots Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender at a paintballing do. Below a photo of the player dressed in a mask and wielding a paintball gun, the Sun declares:

“Ferdinand may have enjoyed taking a few pot-shots a his Rangers mates. But no prizes for guessing who he really wanted in his sights…”

Is it Nelson Mandela? Noel Edmonds? The Queen?

The Sun knows. It can read Ferdinand’s mind. How’s that for talent?  As far as we know, Ferdinand has offered no new evidence on the matter that is being investigated by the police. He says he never heard Terry says the words “f**ing black c***” until he saw the footage on YouTube. Still, if the police can get the Sun’s writers into the interview suite they can read Terry’s mind and find out if he really is innocent, as he claims.

The Express, Matthew Dunn :

THE ad hoc turmoil surrounding John Terry’s selection for England is mainly of the players’ making after the FA’s attempts to set a strict moral example came unstuck eight years ago.

Terry is not under investigation for his morals. He’s under investigation for an alleged race hate crime.

Alan Smith was sent home after it emerged he had been arrested over a bottle-throwing incident while his replacement James Beattie was allowed to stay, despite still serving a community sentence for drink-driving. As a result of the fiasco, Trevor Brooking was asked to form a policy by former chief executive Mark Palios. He held a meeting in January 2004 with Gary Neville and David James among others but amid unrest from the senior players, the international committee failed to reach a conclusion. The talks didn’t get anywhere,” a source revealed. “The FA immediately set about trying to sort out the situation but it just wasn’t possible with so many potential scenarios.” So in 2008 when Steven Gerrard faced assault and affray charges – they were later dropped – the official stance was: “The position would only change in the case of a conviction for a serious criminal offence.”

Well, quite.

Which suggests that Terry could still play on Saturday even if he is arrested and charged before the game – although he denies all allegations of racism.

Does anyone sensible think he will be?

Daily Mirror, Darren Lewis:

Rio Ferdinand has entered the John Terry race row by accusing the FA of dragging their heels over the controversy. The Manchester United defender tweeted yesterday: “Powers that be do make stands on certain issues I see.” before adding the hashtag ‘selective’.

The FA had to stop its investigation because

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