As we all know, there has been a story in the press surrounding a situation between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand after they had "han...

As we all know, there has been a story in the press surrounding a situation between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand after they had "handbags" with each other during our "heated" West London derby with QPR at the weekend.

As a result, QPR have asked the FA to investigate the situation along with the police also getting involved after a "member of the public" made a complaint against our Captain.

As you can imagine, when the news of this broke yesterday the press and media have picked up on it and it's all over the written press, Internet sites and the visual media.

When the video footage of the incident was doing the round on the Internet and in the media, John Terry issued a statement almost immediately which read:
I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the Internet with regards to some video footage of me in today's game. I'm disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand.

I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term. I would never say such a thing, and I'm saddened that people would think so.

I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us. I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time. After the result today, I am saddened to be dealing with these wrongful allegations.

I am the proud captain of one of the most internationally diverse teams in the Premier League and I absolutely believe that there is no place for racism in sport and indeed in any walk of life.'

Now after seeing the video footage and after speaking with Neil Warnock, Anton Ferdinand and QPR have decided to report the issue to the FA and announcement was made yesterday afternoon.

The statement from the FA reads:
The FA can confirm it has received a complaint relating to an alleged incident of racist abuse in the QPR versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011. The FA will now begin to make enquiries into this matter. The FA takes seriously any allegations of discrimination and abuse of this type. No further comment will be issued at this time.

Now The SUN is running an article today with quotes from "a QPR source" referring to Anton Ferdinand stating the following:
"He admitted the two players had been winding each other up. But he insisted he never heard Terry mouth anything racist at him and that the pair never had any conversation along those lines during the match.

The first he knew about the race issue was when Ashley Cole came into the QPR dressing room and told Ferdinand that Terry wanted to talk to him.

A Rangers source revealed: "Anton went to see JT, who explained some video footage had appeared on the Internet that made it look as though he had said something racist. JT strongly denied saying such a thing and said to Anton 'Everything's cool between us, isn't it?'

Anton, who at that stage didn't really know what JT was talking about, said everything was fine and that there was no problem." Yet that situation changed when Ferdinand switched on his mobile phone and saw the video footage for himself.

After news of the FA getting involved now and an official investigation taking place, JT issued a statement which said the following:
"I welcome the FA inquiry and look forward to clearing my name as soon as possible. Until then I have no comment."

The club backed him also by releasing a statement shortly afterwards. The statement from the club reads:
"John has issued a statement categorically denying any allegations of racist abuse. We stand by John and his statement.

Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discrimination abhorrent and we are proud of the work our players and staff undertake campaigning on this important issue. We look forward to the conclusion of the FA’s investigation.’

AVB had his say when he was asked about the situation and referred to the conversation between Ferdinand and JT in his press conference today:
"John Terry has put out his statement and we fully back him, He is confident about it and he spoke to Anton after the game. Anton was present in our dressing room and for us it was an end of story. It is just a great misunderstanding and it is blown out of all proportion.

The clubs are in touch with each other and for us the matter is over. We fully back the player.
John Terry represents his country at the highest level, internationally, and people who represent their country should have fuller support, instead of stories based on speculation.'

To me anyway, it seems that this whole thing has been blown up out of all proportion because of the clip being posted on the Internet after the game. Now do not get me wrong, I do not and cannot condone any form of racism in life not just in football and if people thought at the time he was being racist then I understand the reaction.

For me there is one important thing I want to point out here. If John Terry had said what he is being alleged to have said in such a manner that is being portrayed by the press and the media, then wouldn't you have thought that the other black players on the pitch for BOTH QPR AND CHELSEA would have reacted to it and pulled him up on it?.

The problem is, JT says that he thought at the time that Ferdinand had accused him of a racist slur and responded aggressively by repeating what he thought he was being accused of. He explained that to Ferdinand and there was no issue. Ashley Cole is expected to come forward as a witness by JT to clarify that he never said it.

I just think the fact there was no reaction at all from any of the other black players on the football pitch at the same time, within ear shot of JT speaks volumes for me.

JT has welcomed the investigation and so has the club. Let's see what happens.


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