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John Terry racism trial: Chelsea captain says Anton Ferdinand’s brother Rio would not answer his phone calls

Published: July 11, 2012 | 10:59 am
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On the third day of his trial John Terry stressed he wanted to speak to police about alleged racist abuse because “there was nothing out there that would show that I had done anything wrong”. The Chelsea captain also revealed he tried to contact Rio Ferdinand following the allegations but his alleged victim’s brother wouldn’t answer.

The 31-year-old England and Chelsea defender is accused of calling Anton Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” during a Premier League game on Oct 23 last year.
He denies a racially aggravated public order offence, saying he was sarcastically repeating the slur that Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used.
Continuing his evidence at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, Terry said: “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.”
He said he made a statement before seeing any film footage of the incident.

“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.”
Earlier, prosecutor Duncan Penny put it to Terry that he had made a remark about having sex with Ferdinand’s girlfriend, in response to taunts about his alleged affair with a team-mate’s ex-partner. Terry denied this.
Terry said Ferdinand’s brother Rio, with whom he played at the heart of England’s defence, would not take his call in the aftermath.
Terry, Chelsea’s most successful captain, tried to phone the Manchester United defender to discuss media reports of the allegations because he did not have Anton Ferdinand’s phone number.
Mr Penny, describing the allegations against Terry as “big potatoes”, said he could have spoken to the alleged victim.
He said: “You might have got in touch with Mr Ferdinand and said ‘Help me out here – this is going completely nuts’.”
Terry, wearing a dark suit and pink tie, said he spoke to Jamie Morallee, who helped both players out with property investments in the same street.
Terry said: “I did attempt to call Rio and he wouldn’t take my call, I didn’t have Anton’s number.”
Mr Penny countered Terry’s account that he issued a statement quickly because he had nothing to hide by saying: “In the game of PR it’s very important to get your story out quickly, isn’t it?”
It is expected Terry’s Chelsea and England team-mate Ashley Cole will give evidence today.


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