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John Terry racism trial day 1: Rio Ferdinand’s film choice and Vanessa Perroncel

by | 9th, July 2012

JOHN Terry. What a geyser, eh?  The Chelsea captain was at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London, for the start of his trial for allegedly racially abusing QPR’s  Anton Ferdinand. The trial will last five days.

Also in court was Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence. He was knifed to death by racists. Does her presence prejudice your view on the matter?

The Queens Park Rangers defender tells the court that he did not hear the allegedly racist comment from the Chelsea captain during the match in October 2011. But had he done, he would have found it very hurtful ”.

On Twitter, Anton’s older brother, Manchester United mainstay Rio Ferdinand, tweets:

Not much to say about that, other than it’s a pretty so-so film and it’s more fun to watch Terry in the dock.

The tableau is set.

Terry claims that before he said anything to Anton, the QPR defender had infomed all within earshot that Terry was shagging Bridge’s missus “. That was, of course, a reference to the claim that Terry had extra-marital sex with one Vanessa Perroncel , mother to former Chelsea player Wayne Bridge’s son.

Other highlights of that conversation and courtroom exchanges are:

Terry to Anton after the match to Anton :  “It’s handbags innit it’s what happens on the pitch.”

Douglas Penny for the prosecution : “The defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand in which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair… shouted at Mr Ferdinand. The words he uttered included ‘fuck off’… a ‘fucking black cunt’ and ‘fucking knobhead’. The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand’s membership or presumed membership of a racial group.”

Penny :  “[the words black cunt were] uttered as an abusive insult demonstrating hostility based in Ferdinand’s membership of a racial group. They were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair.”

Anton Ferdinand (Terry has appealed for a penalty kick):  “I was annoyed because I didn’t think it was a penalty. I turned and said to get up, I said ‘you’re bigger than me. I can’t remember if he responded straight away. He ran

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