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FA rules John Terry’s defence on racist insults 'not credible'

Martyn Ziegler

Published 05/10/2012 | 10:26

File photo dated 23/10/11 of Chelsea captain John Terry (right) speaking with QPR's Anton Ferdinand during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 26, 2012. The Premier League have announced there will be no pre-match handshake at Sunday's game between Chelsea and QPR due to the legal situation involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand. See PA story SOCCER Ferdinand. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

JOHN Terry's racist language towards Anton Ferdinand was used as an insult, an independent Football Association panel has found.

The commission which banned Terry for four matches said there was "no credible basis" for the Chelsea skipper's defence that he was only repeating words he believed the QPR defender said to him.

Terry admitted using the words "f***ing black c***" during a match in October last year but had claimed he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

In its full written reasons for the four-match ban, the FA's independent regulatory commission said it was satisfied the words were intended as an insult by Terry. He now has two weeks in which to appeal.

The commission said: "The commission is quite satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that there is no credible basis for Mr Terry's defence that his use of the words 'f****** black c***' were directed at Ferdinand by way of forceful rejection and/or inquiry.

"Instead, we are quite satisfied, and find on the balance of probabilities, that the offending words were said by way of insult.

"We are able to arrive at that decision without needing to make any adverse findings against Mr Terry arising out of his decision not to give evidence.

"Accordingly, the Commission finds that there is 'clear and convincing' evidence'."

The commission said that character references from a number of people including black players made it clear that Terry was not racially prejudiced.

"It is accepted by everyone involved in the criminal and disciplinary proceedings that Mr Terry is not a racist," said the Commission.

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