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2011/2012 Football Thread

User_Removed 15 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2012 12:08PM
That wasn't the outcome of the case at all. The prosecution failed to prove that Terry called him that rather than the court saying he did but they didn't think it was racist.

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Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
14 Jul 2012 12:23PM
Yes, the magistrate said it was impossible to be sure what were the words spoken. Not quite how it is being painted. This is the full verdict:

Quote:'The prosecution has presented a strong case. There is no doubt that John Terry uttered the words 'f****** black c***' at Anton Ferdinand.

'When he did so he was angry. Mr Ferdinand says that he did not precipitate this comment by himself accusing Mr Terry of calling him a black c***.

'Even with all the help the court has received from television footage, expert lip readers, witnesses and indeed counsel, it is impossible to be sure exactly what were the words spoken by Mr Terry at the relevant time.

'It is impossible to be sure exactly what was said to him at the relevant time by Mr Ferdinand. It is not only that all of this happened in a matter of seconds.

'For a small part of the relevant time, the camera's view of Mr Terry was obstructed. We do not have a clear camera view of Mr Ferdinand, sufficient to pick up exactly what he said.

'No matter how serious the incident looks now, and how crucial the exact wording is now, at the time it was secondary to the key witnesses. They are professional footballers in the final minutes of a game where the result mattered to them both.

'They would naturally concentrate on the game more than on exactly what had been said to them or by them. I have assessed John Terry as a credible witness.

'Weighing all the evidence together, I think it is highly unlikely that Mr Ferdinand accused Mr Terry on the pitch of calling him a black c***.

'However I accept that it is possible that Mr Terry believed at the time, and believes now, that such an accusation was made. The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand at this point is not strong.

'In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty.'

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