Following Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers yesterday, John Terry has moved to deny claims that he used a ‘racial slur’ against Anton Ferdinand.
After the final whistle, videos emerged on the internet of Terry which some believe show him to be making racist comments to the QPR defender.
Defending himself, Terry said: “I’m disappointed people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand.”
“I would never say such a thing, and I’m saddened people would think so.”
The allegations capped a frustrating day for Terry who saw his team have two players sent-off before going down 1-0 to the newly promoted side. The defeat means that Andres Villas-Boas’ men are six points behind league leaders Chelsea.
In a full statement regarding the ‘racist slur’ allegations, Terry continued: “I’ve seen that there’s a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in today’s game.”
“I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term.”
“I would never say such a thing, and I’m saddened that people would think so. I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us.”
“I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time.”
“After the result today, I am saddened to be dealing with these wrongful allegations.”
Terry wasn’t the only unhappy man in the Chelsea camp after yesterday’s game though with manager Andre Villas-Boas extremely unhappy with the referee’s display.
He said: “The ref was poor – very, very poor. And it was reflected in the result. I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him. I don’t care if he’s OK or not.”
After an extremely bad day at the office, Chelsea will look to move on positively at home to Arsenal at the weekend, while QPR – who moved up to 10th after this win – will be in good spirits ahead of their trip to Tottenham.