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Chelsea’s John Terry cannot gag lip-readers

by | 17th, March 2012

THE Sun applies more pressure to Chelsea captain John Terry with a front-page headline:

“JT BID TO BAN LIP READER”

Terry is accused of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Terry denies the claim. The matter will be heard in court.

The Sun is gunning for Terry, who once, allegedly, tried to obtain a super-injunction banning it and all media from reporting on his private life. Is today’s story tinged with revenge?

The Sun reports:

A BATTLE by John Terry to outlaw lip-reading evidence ahead of his looming trial for alleged racist abuse has flopped, The Sun can reveal. The soccer ace’s high-priced legal team argued at a hastily-arranged court hearing it would be unfair because the case against him revolves around a single word — “black”.

Terry allegedly called Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” when the sides met in October 2011. All we’ve seen is an out-of-context YouTube clip. “Sources” cited in the tabloids claim Terry said blind not “black”. The clip has no sound.

The footballer’s QC George Carter-Stephenson argued at Westminster Magistrates’ Court:

“The principal issue in relation to the lip-reading turns on the potential interpretation of one word.”

Judge Riddle responded:

“It would be wrong in principle to try to decide this on paper without hearing the evidence. I propose to follow what is, in my view, the invariable practice — and that’s to hear all the evidence.”

If there is no new evidence, what this seems to boil down to is whether or not the judge believes Terry did the crime or is incredibly unlucky. Terry says he addressed Ferdinand:

“Oi, Anton, do you think I called you a black c***?”

The matter is peppered with

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