FA reveal full argument between Chelsea’s Terry and QPR’s Ferdinand
09:50 05 October 2012
The FA have released their written reasons into why they found Chelsea captain John Terry guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand and banning him for four games.
The pair clashed in October 2011 and it was only last month that the governing body reached their decision on the former England captain.
Below is an extract detailing the events that took place on that day.
“These disciplinary proceedings arise out of an incident that occurred during an FA Premier League match on 23rd October 2011 between Queens Park Rangers FC (QPR) and Chelsea FC at QPR’s Loftus Road ground. As the match approached its conclusion, QPR were winning 1-0,” the FA reasons stated.
“A number of players had been cautioned on both sides, and Chelsea had had two players sent off. Chelsea were therefore down to nine men and chasing the game when the incident occurred.
“Much of what happened for a matter of minutes from around the 84th minute of the game, and which is material to these proceedings, is not in dispute.
“The sequence of events began when a QPR player intentionally kicked the ball out of play to enable one of his teammates, who had been injured, to receive attention.
“Contrary to custom and convention, when the throw-in was taken, Chelsea did not give the ball back to QPR. Play continued and the ball went out of play again for another Chelsea throw-in. Mr. Terry went up into attack and took up a position in the QPR penalty area. When the throw-in was taken he challenged for the ball with the QPR defender, Anton Ferdinand. Contact was made between them, Mr. Terry missed the ball and went to ground.
“He appealed for a penalty, but play was allowed to continue. Mr. Ferdinand was annoyed at Mr. Terry who he thought had gone down too easily and said to him “get up, you’re ****ing bigger than me.”
Shortly after Mr. Terry had got to his feet, he barged into Mr. Ferdinand with his shoulder. The latter reciprocated with a shoulder barge of his own and said “what are you doing?”
“Mr. Terry momentarily appears to kick out at Mr. Ferdinand on the film footage. Shortly afterwards, as Chelsea were attacking, the Referee stopped play after one of his Assistants had brought to his attention the altercation between Mr. Terry and Mr. Ferdinand.
“A free-kick was awarded to QPR. As they were still within close proximity of one another, Mr. Terry called Mr. Ferdinand “a ****” and made a gesture with his hand across his nose, implying that Mr. Ferdinand’s breath smelt. The Referee intervened, as did at least one Chelsea player.
“Mr. Terry then proceeded to run back towards the Chelsea half in order to take up a defensive position and await the free kick. For a time, he had his back to Mr. Ferdinand. Mr. Ferdinand started to move up the pitch in the direction of the half-way line and shouted out at Mr Terry, “how can you call me a ****, you shagged your team mate’s missus, you’re the ****.”
“Mr. Ferdinand also made a slow fist pump gesture with his right hand, suggesting sex (a reference accompanying what he said). Once he was back in the Chelsea half of the pitch,
“Mr. Terry turned round to face the play and saw the fist gesture that Mr. Ferdinand was making, and which was clearly directed at him.
“At this juncture, there is no dispute on his part that Mr. Terry used the following words (although Mr. Ferdinand claims not to have heard them at the time): “**** off, **** off, ... ****ing black ****, ****ing knob-head.”
“There is also no doubt that Mr. Terry said something after “**** off, **** off”,”but before “****ing black ****, ****ing knob-head.”
“The available film footage of the incident, which was taken from different camera locations, shows another Chelsea player - John Obi Mikel from one angle, and Ashley Cole from another - briefly obscuring “Mr. Terry‟s face as he uttered the missing word or words.
“There is a dispute as to what they were. The significance of this will be discussed in due course.
“The abusive exchange between Mr. Terry and Mr. Ferdinand ended there. The match ended shortly afterwards and QPR retained their lead to win 1-0.
“Mr. Terry and Mr. Ferdinand did not shake hands after the match. On his evidence, Mr. Ferdinand offered to shake hands with Ashley Cole, but the latter refused, saying “nah, you can’t talk to JT like that.”
“Mr. Ferdinand said “what do you mean, if he’s willing to give it out, he has got to take it.” Mr. Ferdinand then went to celebrate with the QPR fans and was one of the last players to leave the pitch.
“An altercation took place in the tunnel following the game, although it was unconnected with what had taken place between Mr. Terry and Mr. Ferdinand.
“Approximately one hour after the match ended, Mr. Ferdinand attended at the away team’s dressing-room, at Mr. Terry’s request.
“There, he met Mr. Terry together with Mr. Cole. The first thing that Mr. Ferdinand claims Mr. Terry said to him is “What happened?”
“Mr. Ferdinand says that he replied “nothing.” Mr. Terry then asked whether Mr. Ferdinand thought that he (Mr. Terry) had racially abused him (Mr. Ferdinand).
“On Mr. Ferdinand’s account, Mr. Terry either said: “Do you think I called you a ****ing black ****?” or: “Do you think I racially abused you?”
“Mr. Ferdinand then claims to have said “No, I didn‟t hear anything like that.”
“There was then reference to something that Mr. Cole thought that Mr. Ferdinand had said to him to the effect that Mr. Terry had used racist abuse towards Mr. Ferdinand.
“Mr. Ferdinand said that he had “never” said that to “Ash.” He claims to have been confused by this as he had no idea what Mr. Cole was talking about, as the latter had not said that to him either during or after the match.
“Mr. Terry then said “what did you say?” to which Mr. Ferdinand replied “you called me a **** so I said that shagging your team mate’s missus was being a ****.”
“On Mr. Ferdinand’s evidence, Mr. Terry then said: “Its handbags innit, it’s what happens on the pitch, it happens.”
“Mr. Terry then shook Mr. Ferdinand‟s hand and the latter left the dressing room.
“Later on in the evening, when Mr. Ferdinand went up to the player’s lounge, Mr. Ferdinand’s wife asked him if Mr. Terry had racially abused him.
“She showed him a clip from the game which included Mr. Terry using the words “****ing black ****”.
“Mr. Ferdinand says that he was in shock, although it made sense of the conversation that he had had with Mr. Terry and Mr. Cole in the dressing room.”