John Terry found not guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand – BAuusss
Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle delivered the verdict to a packed courtroom at the end of the England star’s week-long trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The Chelsea captain, 31, was accused of calling the QPR centre-half a “f****** black c***” during a Premier League match on October 23 last year.
He claimed he was sarcastically repeating a slur that Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used, and denies a racially aggravated public order offence.
Giving his verdict Mr Riddle said the case was not about “whether Mr Terry is a racist in the broadest sense of the word”.
He said he had heard a great deal of evidence to show that he is not.
He added: “It is understandable why Mr Terry wants to make this point, his reputation is at stake