Ferdinand speaks out over Terry ban
Anton Ferdinand has hit out at abuse he has received on Twitter
Anton Ferdinand has broken his silence after John Terry was found guilty of using racist language towards him, declaring: "Footage don't lie!"
Ferdinand hit out at abuse he claimed to have received on Twitter since Terry was handed a four-match ban and £220,000 fine by an independent Football Association panel over the pair's altercation almost a year ago.
The QPR defender tweeted: "On a serious note people need 2 read the facts before they send stupid tweets 2 me with liar and grass in it footage don't lie!"
Ferdinand's comment seemed to refer to the video footage that appeared to show Chelsea captain Terry using the words "f****** black c***" towards him during last October's west London derby at Loftus Road.
Terry was cleared in July by Westminster Magistrates Court of uttering the words as an insult, but that did not prevent him being found guilty under FA rules on Thursday.
Terry, who has always denied all charges against him, is still deciding whether to appeal that verdict and he has indicated he will wait until he has received the written judgment before making that decision.
Chelsea refused to answer questions on Terry's ban at their press conference to preview Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Arsenal. Head of communications Steve Atkins made that clear in a statement beforehand, insisting the club did not want to prejudice any appeal.
That did not prevent manager Roberto Di Matteo being quizzed on the subject, but Atkins repeatedly interjected, most notably when the Italian was asked about the club's policy on players found guilty of using racist language.
Di Matteo did confirm that Terry was fit and available for the match and would continue to captain the club if picked. He said he had no fears about the player's mental state or how he would react to abuse he might suffer.
"He's an experienced player who has played many difficult games before, in difficult circumstances and environments," Di Matteo said. "If selected, I don't think there will be a problem."
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Why can't people understand what racism really is. If someone calls me a Scottish **** it is not the "Scottish" which insults me. If they call me a Bald **** it is not the "bald" which insults me.
Why would a black man be insulted because someone called him black?
Racism requires bigotry. I hate you because you are Scottish/bald/black is not the same as I hate you and you are Scottish/bald/black.
I hate ignorant people who shout racism without understanding what it looks like.
That makes me Politically Correctist!!
"Where do all these racist posters come from ??"PLEASE LET ME TELL YOU They come out of the woodwork when the racism card is being played over some petty little squabble...... they also come out when our soldiers are being spat at ( wooton basset is a prime example ) the dignity that those squaddies showed that day was exemplary........... they come out when gangs of Asians groom and then rape school girls and school boys, THEY COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN the NHS is just about to explode because of all the Rumanian Gypsies are taking the fkin hospital beds ,they come out when a one handed hate preacher spits Venom at the very country that fkin feeds him and his fkin followers....... need more .
Always believed that this country would explode against the injustices meted out against the indigenous population. I had a belief that no matter what the race, colour or creed we could always find a way to get along together. I was clearly wrong.
Do-gooders have wrecked any chance of that happening and I fear that this high profile case will ignite the touchpaper.
If a minority member of the population were to make the same comments towards a white person this would never have gone to court. This country is shafted.
Walk into any pub at any time any mention immigrants and the hatred is palpable.
Where the hell is all this positive discrimination going to end???
Whilst I happen to think that John Terry is a not very likeable individual and has the morals of an alley cat I don't for one minute think he is racist!
Also, and lets assume he did direct these words to Ferdinand, If he had just cfalled hem a F****** C*** would he have faced a similar charge? I think not as, and I don't condone swearing for a moment, it goes on all the time at football matches! However insert the word "black" which is an undisputable fact and he gets the book thrown at him. You couldn't make it up!!
Terry and Suarez should join forces and sue the F.A. i was speaking to a legal expert who said its against the laws of this country to find a man guilty of an allegation without concrete evidence especially Suarez who was hung out to dry by a non legal unelected committee and still is in the media every single day one clown in todays paper who like Oliver Holt in the downmarket Mirror thinks he is a human rights lawyer is saying he should be sacked WHAT FOR