John Terry of Chelsea with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
6 Total Updates since July 11, 2012
10 months ago Article 2 comments
John Terry has been cleared of criminal charges surrounding his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, but he's still being charged by the FA.
10 months ago Article 0 comments
How John Terry's court case has made the press look silly.
11 months ago Article 0 comments
The conclusion of John Terry's trial leaves the FA, and English football, in a perilous and awkward position.
11 months ago Update 0 comments
So John Terry is not guilty. Hurray? Not hurray?
It doesn't really matter one way or the other because he never should have been in court in the first place. The best case that they had against Terry was a "he said, she said" case and even that was asking for a lot. There just wasn't a lot in it. That isn't to say that Terry did or didn't do what he is accused of either, or even that you have to like or dislike him. It just lacked proof, and despite a long, public trial, Graham MacAree from We Ain't Got No History summarized it in his long recap of the entire saga pretty well -- we still just don't know.
We don't know what happened. If you think you know, you're lying to yourself. My opinion on John Terry's character makes no difference, and neither does yours. More importantly, our opinions carry absolutely no weight. Terry could have been defending himself on the pitch, or he could have been racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. I don't see any way that a reasonable person could be convinced one way or another, although believing one side versus the other is obviously entirely rational.
Like or dislike Terry. Think he abused Anton Ferdinand or not. It doesn't matter and you can't prove it. Nobody can. Only Terry actually knows what happened and nobody else was ever going to figure it out. Thankfully there was a trial and pubic money was spent so we could sort all of that out.
11 months ago Update 1 comment
John Terry has been found not guilty of a racially-aggravated public order offense. Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle read the verdict early on Friday afternoon, noting that exactly what John Terry said to Anton Ferdinand cannot be established and that no significant evidence was given that could lead the court to a guilty verdict.
"It is a crucial fact that nobody has given evidence about what Mr Terry said or how he said it."— David Conn (@david_conn) July 13, 2012
Riddle also said that he found both Ferdinand and Terry to be credible witnesses, and that he had no reason to believe that either was lying. Ferdinand admits that he did not hear Terry call him a racial slur during the October 23 match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers, and that he saw video footage after the fact.
If Terry had been convicted, he would have faced a fine and, most likely, a lengthy suspension from football.
For more on Terry and the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.
11 months ago Update 1 comment
John Terry's trial for the alleged racial harassment of Anton Ferdinand is underway, with both men having testified. On Monday, Ferdinand gave his account of their verbal spat on the pitch during the West London Derby between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers on October 23.
Ferdinand admitted to insulting Terry on the pitch before Terry uttered the words that he is standing trial for, and he detailed those insults.
"How can you call me a c--t?", Ferdinand said he had shouted at Terry. "You shagged your team-mate's missus, you're the c--t."
It was after this that Terry allegedly called Ferdinand a "f--king black c--t". Terry has not denied saying those words, but claims that they were not an insult directed at Ferdinand. Rather, Terry's side of the story is that Ferdinand accused him of racial abuse before he said anything, and that he repeated those words sarcastically, because of Ferdinand's alleged accusation.
Terry gave a statement to police about the racially aggravated public order offense before seeing video footage of the incident, saying that he had nothing to hide.
"I knew there was nothing out there that would show that I had done anything wrong. I was keen to go forward with my police statement, my FA statement. If I had anything to hide I wouldn't have done that. If there was ever any doubt in my mind, I could have held back, soaked it up and thought: 'Let's wait until tomorrow, let's see what kind of footage is out there.'"
Terry's trial is still ongoing, and teammate Ashley Cole is expected to give evidence on Wednesday afternoon.
For more on Terry and the Blues, visit Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.
over 1 year ago Article 5 comments
Following a police investigation, the CPS has advised police to go forward with the prosecution of John Terry on charges of a 'racially aggravated public order offence'.