Chelsea captain John Terry charged with a ‘racially aggravated public order offence’
CHELSEA and England captain John Terry has been charged with a “racially aggravated public order offence”. It is alleged — and if you don’t know about this, we take the opportunity to welcome back from Mars – John Terry called QPR’s Anton Ferdinand a “fu**ing black c**t”. Terry denies any racial intent in the words.
John Terry will appear before West London Magistrates’ Court in early February.
“I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible. I have never aimed a racist remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my closest friends.”
Stopping short of revealing how he once never shagged a black woman but wanted to, Terry adds:
“I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence. I have campaigned against racism and believe there is no place for it in society.”
All good stuff. But let us not jump to conclusions: the CPS often brings case before the Beak that are founded on nothing much at all.
If convicted, Terry is likely to receive a paltry £2,500 fine. But worse than that will be the death knell of any hoped for career as a media pundit.