John Terry denies 'hurtful' racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand
Trouble started because when Ferdinand raised Terry's affair with French lingerie model
THE SPECTRE of former England football captain John Terry's affair with Vanessa Perroncel reared its head again at his racial abuse trial today when it was claimed that he called another player a "f****** black c***" after an on-field row over the allegations.
Perroncel is the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea player Wayne Bridge. Allegations that Terry had slept with the French lingerie model emerged in early 2010.
Terry is on trial at Westminster Magistrates Court accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a match in October. The prosecution claims that Terry rounded on Ferdinand after he taunted him over newspaper stories that he had slept with Perroncel.
Prosecuting, Duncan Penny said: "The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate's wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.
"The Crown's case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and that the term 'f****** black c***' was uttered as an abusive insult demonstrating hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership of a racial group."
Terry has pleaded not guilty to the charge and claims he used the phrase in an ironic way.
Giving evidence, Ferdinand said he found the remarks "very hurtful" but admitted he did not hear them at the time and thought that the row was nothing more than "handbags".
He said the two men had traded insults during the game, and admitted that he told Terry: "You shagged your team-mate's missus, you're a c***." It was only later when he saw footage of Terry on his girlfriend's phone that he realised what had happened afterwards.
The incident was reported to the police and Terry was charged in December last year. He was also stripped of the England captaincy, just as he had been in 2010 when the claims about Perroncel first emerged.
The case continues.