John Terry racism trial: I get abused about affair allegations every game
John Terry, the England defender accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, has told a court he faces taunts about allegations of an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, a team mate's girlfriend, at "more or less every game".
Terry, 31, is accused of calling Ferdinand a "f------ black c---" during a Premier League match on October 23 last year.
He says he was sarcastically repeating the words that QPR centre-half Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used.
Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence, which he denies.
Today he told Westminster Magistrates Court that as the pair traded insults, he heard Ferdinand say: "calling me a black c---".
Terry said today he was "very angry and upset" when he thought Anton Ferdinand had accused him of racism.
He said he was "frequently" insulted on the pitch and had "heard it all before".
The Chelsea defender said: "It's part and parcel of the game, you just get on with the game basically."
He said he would be taunted about allegations of an affair with former team mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend at "more or less every game".
But he said he would "just laugh it off basically".
"I thought he was accusing me of calling him a black c---.
"I was very angry and I was upset. I replied 'a black c---, you f------ knobhead".
John Terry: ‘I get abuse about alleged affair in every game’
Terry was giving evidence after his lawyers failed to have the case thrown out. They argued in court that Ferdinand's "unreliability" as a witness meant the case should not proceed any further. The magistrate rejected that plea, leaving Terry to take the stand shortly after 2pm.
The father of two, wearing a dark suit, had to be told to keep his voice up at times as he gave evidence.
During the match at Loftus Road last year, Terry said he and Ferdinand first began trading insults when Ferdinand called him a "f------ prick" because a Chelsea player had not given the ball back to QPR.
Terry then ran back to his position and turned round to face Mr Ferdinand.
"He was doing a pumping action and saying 'shagging Bridge's missus'," Terry told the court.
Terry told his barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC that he co-operated fully with both the Football Association and police inquiries.
He said he did not remember the exact times he learned of the investigations but said he was "making contact and arranging to go in and sit down, offering my assistance basically.
"I co-operated fully with both inquiries."
It emerged today that the only person who initially complained to police about Terry was an off-duty police officer watching the game on television.
Running through a police log, Terry's QC George Carter-Stephenson said that four days after the match, which was watched by more than two million, a note was made saying it was "highly unlikely Anton Ferdinand or any other QPR staff likely to assist with providing statements".
On November 4, one of Mr Ferdinand's camp told police "he didn't see why" he should be involved and "any jury can make up their own mind".
But soon after, Mr Ferdinand's public relations agent Justin Rigby began pushing the police to charge Terry, Mr Carter-Stephenson said.
Cross examining the investigating officer Detective Constable David Doherty, the barrister said if Terry was not charged, Mr Rigby was planning to advise his player to take civil action against Terry and take the issue to the media.
Mr Rigby told the officer that with no action it would appear that it was a black man's word against a white man's.
Mr Doherty denied Mr Rigby was pushing him to charge Terry, as the decision to bring charges is made by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mr Carter-Stephenson said: "You couldn't get to Mr Ferdinand unless through Mr Rigby?"
The officer answered: "Or his mother."
This morning's session ended with Mr Carter-Stephenson applying to the district judge, chief magistrate Howard Riddle, to dismiss the case.
The barrister said Ferdinand was an unreliable witness and the lip reading experts agreed it was impossible to clarify what was said at the key moment from the footage.
He said the case was "so weak and tenuous it does not warrant it going any further".