It looked like the world was against John Terry, but the Chelsea captain has come out unscathed from the alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. It is a major boost for both Chelsea and John Terry ahead of the start of the new season. The trial to determine Terry’s innocence in the case has been going on for a few days now.
The court has now given its verdict that John Terry has been found not guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. The magistrate Howard Riddle decided not to punish John Terry after he was merely repeating the words said by Anton Ferdinand himself!
It is not only a defeat for Anton Ferdinand, but to all the black players who are looking towards claiming an unlawful edge by making such claims.
“The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand at this point is not strong. It is therefore possible that what he [Mr Terry] said was not intended as an insult, but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him. In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty,”
said the magistrate. This is certainly not the first time John Terry has been accused of something, but this victory could probably go a long way into erasing a lot of his misdemeanours from the past.