Team-mate turns back on Terry
Cape Town – A new twist has taken place in the latest English Premiership race row in which Chelsea captain, John Terry is under investigation.
Terry is accused of racially abusing QPR defender, Anton Ferdinand, younger brother of Manchester United star Rio, in the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to the newly promoted Premiership side at Loftus Road.
According to the Daily Mirror's website, “The players' mum Janice is believed to have been left deeply upset by the footage in which Terry appears to shout the words "f****** black c***" in her son's direction.”
Footage of the incident can be viewed on YouTube in which the said incident takes place during the 85th minute of the match and it is understood that Ferdinand’s mom first viewed the clip on Sunday evening after the match after her son had alerted her.
Terry has repeatedly denied the claims and has offered to talk to the brothers Ferdinand about it, to which both have refused.
Rio, who is Terry’s defensive partner when the two play for England has since firmly put his backing behind his younger brother.
The English FA as well as the Metropolitan Police are investigating the claims after the FA announced that they have received a formal complaint of a racial nature after Sunday's match.
This would pose yet another selection headache for Fabio Capello, who already had to deal with Terry in the past after a previous misdemeanour involving then England left-back, Wayne Bridge and Bridge’s then girlfriend and mother to his son, Vanessa Perroncel. Terry was subsequently stripped of the England captaincy and has since been reinstated.
The Daily Mirror further explains that if Capello is to select Terry as captain for their upcoming friendly against Spain, it “could prove a PR disaster for the FA with the entire build-up set to centre around the racism allegations.”
Anton and Rio’s cousin, former England striker, Les Ferdinand is adamant that Terry should never put on the white shirt of the ‘Three Lions’ again.
“It’s down to the FA, but I’d be shouting from the rooftops [for that if he’s found guilty].”