Terry 'goaded prior to race insult'

Terry 'goaded prior to race insult'

Chelsea captain John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Chelsea captain John Terry, right, speaking to QPR's Anton Ferdinand

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Footballer John Terry was goaded about an alleged affair before throwing a racist insult at Anton Ferdinand, a court has heard.

Chelsea and England defender Terry, 31, is accused of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during a Premier League match last year.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Terry sat in the dock wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and pink tie.

The court heard that Terry told Queens Park Rangers player Ferdinand to "f*** off" and also called him a "f****** k**bhead" as the pair exchanged insults.

Opening the prosecution, Duncan Penny said: "The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate's wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand."

He went on: "The Crown's case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and that the term 'f****** black c***' was uttered as an abusive insult demonstrating hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership of a racial group."

Terry maintains he was only sarcastically repeating words that Ferdinand wrongly thought he had used.

He is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence, which he denies.

The trial, expected to last five days, continues on Tuesday.

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