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Chelsea"s credibility is crashing down: Des Kelly

No Chelsea player heard Terry abuse Ferdinand… now they're blessed with the hearing of a piano tuner

PUBLISHED:

00:00 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 3 November 2012

Listen and you might be able to hear the sound of Chelsea’s credibility crashing down around their ears.

The wild accusation that referee Mark
Clattenburg hurled racist abuse at John Mikel Obi appears to be coming
apart and it is taking the club’s reputation along with it.

For unknown reasons that seem to defy
any true appreciation of justice, Chelsea rushed into the public domain
with claims that this experienced match official had racially abused
two of their players during Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United.

They claimed Juan Mata was called a ‘Spanish t***’ and — staggeringly — that the referee told Mikel to ‘shut up, monkey’.

Quiet, please: Mark Clattenburg gestures to John Mikel Obi

Quiet, please: Mark Clattenburg gestures to John Mikel Obi

They are charges so disgracefully
damaging to Clattenburg, it is almost impossible to believe the Stamford
Bridge board could proceed without making sure there was genuine
substance to the claims.

They will presumably have known how
the stigma of any such charge would hang over the official. They would
have been aware of the implications for the man and his career. But they
did it anyway, two hours after losing a heated, bad-tempered match.

Only it now seems their case is based
on the flimsiest claims. We are told there is no television footage.
No audio recording. No corroborating testimony from the officials on the
touchline wearing communication devices. And no witness who is likely
to stand up to genuine scrutiny. In short, there is little proof that
anything of the sort happened.

On advice from lawyers, Chelsea have
already withdrawn the Mata accusation, which is embarrassing in itself.
Yet the Mikel charge still hangs in the air.

Dropped: After legal advice, Chelsea opted not to press ahead with the Juan Mata accusation

Dropped: After legal advice, Chelsea opted not to press ahead with the Juan Mata accusation

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Not that Mikel heard this insult, you understand. It is based on the word of Brazilian player Ramires Santos do Nascimento, who apparently believes he was able to hear Clattenburg abusing his Chelsea team-mate.

At this point, it is worth noting that Ramires speaks about as much English as I speak Portuguese — which is very little. His club interviews require the services of a translator and, on the pitch, he apparently asked David Luiz — another Brazilian — to explain what he thought he had heard Clattenburg say.

Is this the evidence Chelsea are relying on to destroy a match official’s career A piece of hearsay passed on second or third hand

In the absence of anything to the contrary, I prefer to listen to common sense. I prefer to listen to the voice in my head telling me the way this has been conducted is plain wrong.

I also have to admire the fact that Chelsea’s players suddenly appear to have developed improved listening skills. Not one of them heard John Terry shout ‘f****** black ****’ at Anton Ferdinand, despite being in close proximity to their captain’s sweary outburst, but now they are supposed to have ears as sensitive as a piano tuner when it comes to hearing a referee’s remarks.

If Ramires believes something insulting was said, he is right to report it to those in charge at the club. But the people paid huge sums to run Chelsea and protect their worldwide image should have had the decency and good judgment to examine the charges thoroughly before stampeding into the public domain with such a complaint.

Instead, they reacted like fans. They got caught up in the emotion of the game. They lost a vital match and, in their perception at least, it was ‘the referee’s fault’.

Selective hearing: Chelsea players failed to hear John Terry's exchange of opinion with Anton Ferdinand

Selective hearing: Chelsea players failed to hear John Terry's exchange of opinion with Anton Ferdinand

In this scenario it is hard to avoid speculating about the possibility Chelsea were so aggrieved at being shown two red cards, they waved the race card too quickly.

Dealing with what we know from all the briefings and reports, let us employ the ‘balance of probability’ test that saw the FA punish Terry. Just ask yourself what is the more likely scenario:

1) That a leading referee said ‘shut up, monkey’ to a player while wearing a microphone in front of 24 or more television cameras, 41,000 spectators and a global audience of half a billion Or…

2) That a Brazilian player misheard a Geordie referee saying ‘shut up, Mikel’ and the entire incident got completely out of hand due to the Chelsea players’ over-inflated sense of grievance

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This is a referee with more than a dozen years of top-flight officiating experience, one who has been on the FIFA international list for the past six years. He took charge of the 2012 League Cup final and the Olympic final. I’m not saying he doesn’t make mistakes. Quite clearly, he does.

But his reputation is being trashed by a club who can hardly boast a noble record of restraint when it comes to the treatment of referees.

Anders Frisk was once accused by Chelsea of chatting with the then Barcelona manager, Frank Rijkaard, in the officials’ room at half-time. This was proved to be inaccurate and wrong but Frisk received death threats that drove him into retirement.

Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo was branded a ‘thief’ and smuggled out of England by police for his own safety when Chelsea lost a Champions League semi-final to Barcelona again in 2009.

Hounded: Tom Henning Ovrebo is surrounded by Chelsea players after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge

Hounded: Tom Henning Ovrebo is surrounded by Chelsea players after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge

Ex-referee Graham Poll says a clique
of Chelsea players made accusations that he had threatened to ‘sort them
out’ when he sent off Terry. Their claims were later retracted.

Add
too that Chelsea club secretary David Barnard is handling this Mikel
dispute. He is the Stamford Bridge official who was shown to have
altered witness statements in the Terry case and provided what the FA
described as ‘materially defective’ evidence with ‘very real concerns’
about its accuracy.

Right
now, the balance of probability is tipped about as far as gravity will
allow, although Chelsea will probably demand action against Sir Isaac
Newton for this.

Don’t bother to tell me this is an ‘ongoing police investigation’, either. That is another farce.

They are involved only because the Society of Black Lawyers made a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police. ‘We weren’t there, but we don’t need to be in order to report an incident,’ said their chairman, Peter Herbert.

Still, it got him in the papers, didn’t it Well done.

When this case collapses, as it surely will without an extraordinary silver bullet of evidence being produced, the Football Association cannot let Chelsea walk away without sanction.

Eye of the storms: John Terry, John Mikel Obi and Ashley Cole in training

Eye of the storms: John Terry, John Mikel Obi and Ashley Cole in training

They cannot allow a club to throw around such vicious indictment of an official’s character and decency without suffering some consequence. The referees’ union need to step up, too.

Officials endure enough vitriol and hatred as it is. Week in and week out practically every single decision during a match is openly contested. Each corner, each throw-in, each free-kick is little more than the cue for a bout of snarling protest.

Players steal a yard, dive at the merest touch, then stamp their feet like a child denied chocolate at the supermarket checkout when the official they have spent an entire match trying to dupe finally dares to make an error.

It feeds a mood of hostility and confrontation the game is doing nothing to address. The FA’s reaction to this will no doubt be to tape referees’ conversations with their assistants during a match to prevent this kind of incident happening again.

Really, it should be used to put the players’ outbursts on record and hold them to account for the abuse they hurl at officials. It’s the ideal way to change behaviour overnight. But is anyone listening

Winter of discontent

Winter has arrived and it’s downright depressing. I’m not talking about the weather, I’m talking about ex-referee Jeff Winter, who has been doing the rounds on TV and radio offering his opinions on Mark Clattenburg and Chelsea.

Producers can be unimaginative sorts. An appearance on one channel inevitably leads to a slot on another. But it might be an idea to skip the page of the contacts book with Winter’s name on it next time. Especially if the debate is on issues of prejudice and tolerance.

Extreme views: Former referee Jeff Winter

Extreme views: Former referee Jeff Winter

His website carried a peculiar anti-Catholic rant when Celtic went top of the Scottish Premier League at the turn of the year. The piece asked: ‘What does it mean for the altar boys Do they get abused in celebration Would it have been worse in the anger of defeat Or would they just get abused anyway’ The Pope was also described as a ‘dress-wearing, Nazi, kiddy-fiddling protector’.

I think we can do without any more sectarian bile. And we can do without more Winter, too. We don’t need to put the clocks back twice.

Berg

Henning Berg discovered the perils of being a football pundit when he became the new Blackburn manager a few weeks after declaring it would be madness to work for Venky’s and that no-one with any credibility would accept the position. Give it a couple of weeks and he is likely to be proved right.

Danny Rose smeared in Serbian video over racist abuse

'Danny Rose is lying to whom' Serbian FA's bizarre video bid to smear England Under 21 star amid racism storm

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09:46 GMT, 19 October 2012

The Serbian FA have shamefully tried to discredit Danny Rose’s claim that he was racially abused by fans during England’s Under 21 European Championship play-off win on Tuesday.

Just 24 hours after the Serbs insisted there had been no racist chanting during the ill-tempered clash in Krusevac, their official YouTube channel posted a bizarre video mocking the Tottenham player’s accusation.

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The heavily edited six-minute clip,
entitled ‘Danny Rose is lying to whom’, contained footage of Rose in
action at various moments in the game, with no apparent evidence of
racist abuse aimed at him.

However, the video ended at 76
minutes and ignored the explosive end to the game in which Rose was
shown a red card for kicking a ball into the crowd out of frustration at
the abuse from the stands.

Other YouTube footage had clearly
implicated the crowd, while several witnesses gave first-hand accounts
of the abuse, which England players insisted had taken place from the
warm-up onwards.

Livid: Danny Rose argues with Milos Ninkovic after the final whistle

Livid: Danny Rose argues with Milos Ninkovic after the final whistle

Below the Serbian FA video clip, which was brought to the attention of Sportsmail by www.101greatgoals.com, a
caption read: ‘Danny Rose said: “Every time I touched the ball, they
were doing the monkey chanting again”. As you can see in this video,
there was no unsportsmanlike cheering and insulting opposing players on
racial grounds.’

The clip was posted by ‘Fudbalski
savez Srbije’ — the domestic name of the Serbian FA, and a link to the
video appeared on the governing body’s official website.

Rose, now on loan at Sunderland, will
talk to manager Martin O’Neill before a decision is made as to whether
he is in the right state of mind to play in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

Heated: Jordan Henderson attempts to keep Serbain counterparts away from Rose (right)

Heated: Jordan Henderson attempts to keep Serbain counterparts away from Rose (right)

Rose, described as inconsolable after
the game, returned to Sunderland and took part in a light
training session ahead of the clash with Newcastle.

O’Neill said: ‘I will speak to him
and give him a day or two, and let him try to start focusing on the
game. I am sure he would want to play. I am getting to know Danny, I
think he is a good little character, he wants to play every week.

‘It was disappointing considering the
efforts here to eradicate racism. It is something he won’t have
encountered and a difficult situation. Obviously I have the utmost
sympathy and empathy.’

Farcical: Rose was sent off by Turkish referee Huseyin Gocek after the final whistle

Farcical: Rose was sent off by Turkish referee Huseyin Gocek after the final whistle

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has
also offered his support and confirmed he has spoken to the 22-year-old.
He said: ‘It’s extremely difficult for Danny. He was disappointed by
the situation he had to live with. I told Daniel I support him
completely.’

Chris Hughton, the Premier League’s
only black manager, has called for UEFA to order national associations
found guilty of racist abuse from supporters to play behind closed doors
or be banned.

The Norwich boss said: ‘This gives UEFA a good opportunity to stamp their authority on this, for them to be big and brave.’

Graeme Smith vents fury at ECB over Kevin Pietersen text slur

South Africa captain Smith vents fury at ECB over 'provoked' Pietersen text slur

By
Richard Gibson

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 9 October 2012

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 9 October 2012

South Africa players have demanded an apology from ECB chief executive David Collier following his claims that they provoked Kevin Pietersen during textgate.

Collier spoke out on Sunday – two months after Sportsmail exclusively revealed Pietersen had sent messages about his team-mates to the South Africans during the Test series – and suggested South Africa’s strategy was to unsettle Pietersen.

However, their captain Graeme Smith retorted: ‘We pride ourselves on being a sporting and ethical team. We talk a lot about values and our approach to the game. We play hard but we play fair and any suggestion that we did this as a tactic is totally unwarranted and unnecessary.’

Exile over: Kevin Pietersen is set to be 're-integrated' into the England squad

Exile over: Kevin Pietersen is set to be 're-integrated' into the England squad

Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association, added: ‘By his own admission Mr Collier never saw any text messages and we know Kevin himself has never suggested he was provoked, so where is the evidence for this claim

‘In international cricket if a player makes an inflammatory comment or accusation he gets punished. Look what happened to Kevin Pietersen himself. The players think that the same should apply to administrators, especially when this is done publicly. Our players are awaiting an apology.’

Roberto Martinez charged by FA after Old Trafford rant

Wigan boss Martinez charged by FA after Old Trafford outburst

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UPDATED:

10:43 GMT, 26 September 2012

Furious: Martinez was disappointed with the officials at Old Trafford

Furious: Martinez was disappointed with the officials at Old Trafford

Roberto Martinez had been charged by the Football Association following comments he made after Wigan's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United earlier this month.

The Wigan manager called on Premier League bosses to restrict games at Old Trafford to referees at the top end of the age-scale after claiming 27-year-old Michael Oliver should have sent both Danny Welbeck and Paul Scholes off.

Martinez was unhappy about a penalty awarded to the hosts as well as a Danny Welbeck challenge on Franco di Santo which he felt warranted a red card.

Martinez said: 'If you are involved
in football, and you look at the replay, you can see exactly what
Welbeck is trying to do. He dived, and I was really annoyed to see the
referee point to the spot.

'It was shocking, as bad a decision as you are ever likely to see in the Barclays Premier League.

Accusation: Martinez said Welbeck dived to win a penalty

Accusation: Martinez said Welbeck dived to win a penalty

'Michael Oliver is a very capable
referee, who has been outstanding in many big games, but it was clear
from the opening minutes that he was not going to measure both teams the
same way.

'There were a couple of tackles by United players which, if they had been the other way round, would have been red cards.

'In that last challenge by Welbeck,
he had his foot over the ball as he went in on Franco Di Santo. It was
completely reckless and dangerous, and under the current regulations, it
should be a red card, whether you play for Wigan, Manchester United or
anyone else.

Defeat: Wigan were soundly beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford

Defeat: Wigan were soundly beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford

'We had a player sent off here last
season, and it was rescinded straightaway. Two seasons ago, we had two
players sent off. Now this.

'I just feel it is a difficult place
for referees. They need to be strong, and they need to be very, very
experienced. They need to know how to handle the occasion. It’s not
about handling the game here, it’s the occasion.

'Welbeck should have been shown a straight red, and Paul Scholes had two bad challenges that were worthy of yellow cards.

'We had James McArthur booked for
something very similar, yet Scholes got away with both. I cannot
understand how those same challenges can be judged in different ways.'

The comments prompted the FA to charge the former Swansea boss with a statement adding: 'The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.

'Martinez has until 4pm on Thursday 27 September 2012 to respond to the charge.'

Rio and Anton Ferdinand will snub Ashley Cole handshake

EXCLUSIVE: Ferdinand brothers in pact to reject Cole handshake

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21:51 GMT, 12 September 2012

Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand is ready to refuse to shake hands with Ashley Cole before Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Loftus Road.

And in another twist, Ferdinand’s older brother Rio is considering a similar snub to his former England team-mate when Manchester United face Chelsea on October 28.

The Ferdinands believe they were betrayed by Cole when he agreed to speak as a defence witness for John Terry in his successful court battle against the charge that he racially abused Anton last season.

Rio Ferdinand

Anton Ferdinand

Brothers in arms: Rio (left) and Anton Ferdinand are set to snub Ashley Cole

Centre back Anton will hold talks with QPR manager Mark Hughes on Thursday as the club gauge the player’s state of mind ahead of the potentially explosive London derby.

Terry was charged with racially abusing Anton during the Barclays Premier League match between QPR and Chelsea on October 23. Cole’s decision to support Terry’s defence bemused Anton because the pair had been friends.

Chelsea captain Terry, who was stripped of the England armband by the FA before his trial, was acquitted at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 13 but is now facing an FA investigation into the comments he aimed at Anton on the pitch.

Anton, Terry and Cole will come face to face for the first time since the court battle on Saturday and QPR could make an official request for the pre-match handshake to be scrapped. The Premier League, though, are adamant it will go ahead, despite the prospect of a flashpoint.

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Cole and Terry have ankle injuries, so the issue could be dodged for a third time. The first meeting between QPR and Chelsea after Anton’s accusation against Terry was an FA Cup fourth-round tie on January 28 — but the FA cancelled the handshake after it emerged the whole Rangers side would snub Terry.

Similarly, the Premier League ditched the pre-match ritual ahead of the Chelsea-QPR match on April 29 at the request of Ferdinand and Terry’s representatives.

Whatever happens this weekend, the matter will be reignited next month ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Chelsea.

Rio shares his brother’s antipathy towards Cole since the trial and the Manchester United defender seemingly endorsed a tweet referring to the left back as a ‘choc ice’ — a term with clear racial connotations.

Rio was found guilty of improper conduct and hit with a 45,000 fine by the FA.

Now the centre half is considering whether he will shake hands with Cole when United travel to Stamford Bridge on October 28.

Bad blood: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashed last season

Bad blood: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashed last season

Previously, Wayne Bridge refused to shake hands with Terry at Stamford Bridge in 2010 after it emerged Terry had been having an affair with his former team-mate’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez snubbed Patrice Evra of Manchester United at Old Trafford in February. The striker had been banned for eight games for racially abusing Evra at Anfield in October last year.

Aston Villa apologise to Ireland over Richard Dunne injury

Villa apologise to Irish FA over treatment of Dunne's groin injury

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09:46 GMT, 3 September 2012

Aston Villa have been forced into a humbling apology over the treatment received by Richard Dunne from Ireland's medical team.

The Premier League club had voiced their anger that the defender's groin injury had not been dealt with properly during Euro 2012.

Dunne was forced to have surgery, ruling him out for up to two months.

Injured: Richard Dunne was forced to have surgery on his groin

Injured: Richard Dunne was forced to have surgery on his groin

But Villa have now relented, admitting to making an error of judgement.

A statement read: 'In a press release dated August 1, 2012 Aston Villa Football Club made a number of assertions and comments about the medical treatment received by Richard Dunne during his service with the Ireland team during the European Championships.

'We wish to acknowledge that Richard Dunne received the highest standard of medical care before and during the Championships and apologise to those involved in providing his treatment if any other impression was erroneously given.'

Over and out: Dunne (left) played all three games for Ireland at Euro 2012

Over and out: Dunne (left) played all three games for Ireland at Euro 2012

Dunne featured in all three of Ireland's games in Poland as they failed to qualify for the last eight.

The Football Association of Ireland responded to Villa's original accusation with a strongly-worded statement: 'Richard Dunne received the highest level of medical care during his time with the Republic of Ireland team.

'All of the medical treatment he received was carried out in full and regular contact, and with the full consent and agreement of, the Aston Villa medical team and so we are very surprised by these suggestions.'

Sir Alex Ferguson takes another dig at Paul Pogba but will sign more Euro kids

Fergie takes another dig at Pogba but promises United will sign more Euro kids

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17:57 GMT, 12 July 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson will not abandon the continental market in his search for young talent despite suffering another setback this summer with the departure of Paul Pogba.

In recent seasons, Gerard Pique and Giuseppe Rossi have both quit Old Trafford before coming close to reaching their peak after arriving from Spain and Italy as academy players.

Federico Macheda has struggled to make his mark and this summer, Ferguson was reduced to accusing Pogba of showing United 'a lack of respect' by allowing his contract to run down before joining Juventus.

Wise buys: Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) with Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell (right)

Wise buys: Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) with Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell (right)

It was an accusation repeated again by the United boss as he unveiled his latest 18-year-old recruit, Nick Powell, signed from Crewe at the end of the season.

However, Ferguson insists his disappointment at Pogba does not mean he will stop the worldwide hunt for youngsters.

'The important thing is to look at the ability of a player, and also character, which is important too,' he said. 'It is not a matter of signing him because he is English.

New boys: Ferguson parades signings Kagawa and Powell at Old Trafford

New boys: Ferguson parades signings Kagawa and Powell at Old Trafford

'We were disappointed in Paul Pogba. He showed a lack of respect to the club.

'Although we always felt he was going, he never intimated it until he left. That is disappointing. But he has made his decision.'

Nevertheless, with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules now in force, and an increasing onus on home grown talent, Powell's arrival ticks a few boxes, in addition to bringing the promise of increased longevity.

Out: Paul Pogba has joined Juventus

Out: Paul Pogba has joined Juventus

'It is always better if you get the best English players,' said Ferguson. 'You never know how football is going to change in terms of regulations for a start and it could be that home based players become very important.'

Ferguson confirmed he had spoken to old friend and Crewe director of football Dario Gradi about Powell, who will be part of United's first-team squad this season, and they, together with the player himself, believe the teenager can be of most value in a central midfield role, rather than the advanced position he occupied last season.

United had sealed the transfer prior to last term's play-offs, which has proved to be an astute piece of business given Powell's brilliant Wembley winner against Gillingham.

However, whilst he accepts the step up he is being asked to make could hardly be greater, Powell is approaching his task with relish.

'It is a whole different world,' he said. 'At Crewe it is one camera and one person. At Manchester United it is the whole world.

'Crewe to Manchester United is the biggest step and I still have a lot of developing to do.

'But I am hoping to achieve what everyone expects me to achieve. I want to be a Manchester United player.'

John Terry racism trial: Defender raging over accusation

Terry raging over accusation of racism as defender gives evidence on day two

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 10 July 2012

England defender John Terry said in court he was 'very angry and upset' when he thought Anton Ferdinand had accused him of racism.

Terry, 31, is accused of calling Ferdinand a 'f****** black c***' during a Premier League match on October 23 last year.

He says he was sarcastically repeating the words that QPR centre-half Ferdinand mistakenly thought he had used.

Day two: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning

Day two: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning

Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence, which he denies.

He told Westminster Magistrates Court that as the pair traded insults, he heard Ferdinand say: 'calling me a black c***'.

'I thought he was accusing me of calling him a black c***. I was very angry and I was upset.

'I replied “a black c***, you f****** knobhead”.

The father of two, wearing a dark suit, had to be told to keep his voice up at times as he gave evidence.

He said he was 'frequently' insulted on the pitch and had 'heard it all before'.

The Chelsea defender said: 'It's part and parcel of the game, you just get on with the game basically.'

On trial: Chelsea captain John Terry

Early start: John Terry at court on Tuesday morning

Early start: Chelsea captain John Terry denies racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match

He said he would be taunted about
allegations of an affair with former team-mate Wayne Bridge's
ex-girlfriend at 'more or less every game'. But he said he would 'just
laugh it off basically'.

During
the match at Loftus Road last year, Terry said he and Ferdinand first
began trading insults when Ferdinand called him a 'f****** prick'
because a Chelsea player had not given the ball back to QPR.

Terry then ran back to his position and turned round to face Mr Ferdinand.

'He was doing a pumping action and saying “shagging Bridge's missus”,' Terry told the court.

Terry
told his barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC that he co-operated
fully with both the Football Association and police inquiries.

Centre of attention: Chelsea skipper John Terry arrives at court

Centre of attention: Chelsea skipper John Terry arrives at court

He
said he did not remember the exact times he learned of the
investigations but said he was 'making contact and arranging to go in
and sit down, offering my assistance basically.

'I co-operated fully with both inquiries.'

Terry said that after the match, he asked Ferdinand twice if he had accused him of using the racist obscenity.

'I said: “I thought you were accusing me of calling you a black c***”.

'His reply to that was “no, no, no. We all said things we shouldn't have said, that's the end of it”.

'I asked him twice and he said no, I thought that was the end of it.'

In cross examination, prosecutor Duncan Penny put it to Terry that insults about the alleged affair were a 'no-go area'.

Back to business: Anton Ferdinand (centre) led his QPR team-mates in training on Tuesday morning

Back to business: Anton Ferdinand (centre) led his QPR team-mates in training on Tuesday morning

He
asked why, on Terry's account, he had repeated the racial abuse because
he thought Ferdinand was accusing him of using the slur.

Mr Penny said: 'You said that your response was to repeat back “a black c***”, or “calling me a black c***”

'How about “what” Straightforward, “what”'

Terry replied: 'At the time I was shocked and angry.'

He went on: 'Hindsight's a wonderful thing. At the time I was shocked, I was angry, you can't control your emotions.'

But he denied that he had 'snapped' with Chelsea struggling in the
match and after being insulted. Terry said he had not considered
apologising to Ferdinand because the QPR player had accused him.

'Why would I apologise to Anton when he is the one who accused me What I said was in response to what Anton said to me.'

The trial was adjourned to Wednesday.

Accused: Terry denies any wrongdoing after being charged with shouting an offensive comment to Ferdinand

Accused: Terry denies any wrongdoing after being charged with shouting an offensive comment to Ferdinand

VIDEO: Hear John Terry's testimony to the FA only days after the incident…

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Graham Westley texts eight players not to turn up for Preston training

Don't turn up for training, boss Westley texts Preston eight

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 6 July 2012

A bizarre text message from a league manager telling eight of his players to stay away from pre-season training has created a huge storm.

Players at League One side Preston North End have called in the PFA following manager Graham Westley’s latest attempt to push them out of the club.

Sportsmail can reveal that Westley sent the text to eight of the players he wants out, telling them to stay away from first team training and that he expects them to be gone by the start of the season.

Players at League One side Preston North End have called in the PFA following manager Graham Westleys latest attempt to push them out of the club.

Odd: Graham Westley sent his players the message

The players are understood to include midfielders Barry Nicholson, Paul Coutts and striker Iain Hume while another, German forward Juvhel Tsoumou, had his contract cancelled by mutual consent this week. Coutts and Hume are considered to be two of the club’s best players.

The text is blunt in its delivery. Westley, who released 14 players at the end of the season and transfer-listed seven, has continually clashed with his squad since being appointed manager in January, even declaring: ‘I’ve had to tread carefully around some of the most mediocre standards I’ve ever seen in my life.’

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Here it is: Westley's text message in full

Here it is: Westley's text message in full

In April he claimed four of his squad leaked his team and tactics to Sheffield Wednesday ahead of their 2-0 defeat at Hillsborough and threatened disciplinary action backed by chairman Peter Ridsdale. No action was taken after intervention from the PFA and the accusation was vehemently denied by the players.

Hume later said on Twitter: ‘Can’t see [it], and hopefully [I’m] proven right, that any of my team mates would divulge info[rmation] like that.’ Westley said: ‘It’s a difficult place, our club and our dressing room. If they’d have seen the real me, we probably would have had a big fall-out and there could have been a real problem at the club.’

Not needed: Barry Nicholson (centre) is supposedly one of the players

Not needed: Barry Nicholson (centre) is supposedly one of the players

Westley, 44, who won successive promotions from the Blue Square Bet Premier to League One with Stevenage, has managed Preston for 21 games, winning just three, drawing 10 and losing eight.

He has recruited 12 new players since the
end of the season and this week pointedly said: ‘The players I’ve
brought in have the hunger, thirst and desire to win. Their attitude
towards the team and club is positive and professional.’

Mediocre standards: Westley is not impressed by some of his current players

Mediocre standards: Westley is not impressed by some of his current players

A Preston spokesman said: ‘We have a number of players who have indicated that they wish to move to another club and a number who have been transfer listed by the club.

‘These players have been given an extra week off before returning for training to see if they find new clubs. Once they return they will be partaking in an organised pre-season training regime organised by the manager and his coaching staff, which was communicated to all players affected by way of the club’s usual means of contacting its players.’

Wimbledon 2012: Ivo Karlovic says tournament is fixed for Andy Murray

It's a fix! Murray's win was bent, says angry Karlovic after SW19 exit

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23:24 GMT, 28 June 2012

Ivo Karlovic stormed away from Centre Court with the extraordinary accusation that Wimbledon was fixed in Andy Murray’s favour.

Murray beat Karlovic in their second-round match 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 but the 6ft 10in Croat claimed the match turned on foot faults, having been called an unprecedented 11 times. And he alleged the British desire to see a home champion was behind events.

Asked what made the difference, Karlovic replied: ‘Foot faults. It was outrageous. In my whole life, since I was eight years old, I didn’t do this many. After this match, the whole credibility of the tournament went down for me.

Not amused: Ivo Karlovic accused Wimbledon bosses of fixing the tournament for Andy Murray

Not amused: Ivo Karlovic accused Wimbledon bosses of fixing the tournament for Andy Murray

‘It was never called when it was 30-0 or 40-0. It was always when it was 30-all or in a tiebreak. I mean, what is this, the Davis Cup or Wimbledon I’m angry because I don’t expect it here, even against the English (sic) guy who they want to win.’

Asked to clarify whether he was accusing Murray or Wimbledon of being involved, or whether the organisers are merely desperate on Murray’s behalf, Karlovic said: ‘Murray, I don’t know. It is not Wimbledon, but the whole of the United Kingdom.’

Karlovic said that he even changed his approach midway through to avoid offending, but without success. ‘I thought I would stand back a little from the line so they could not call,’ he said. ‘But they still did it. It was outrageous.’

Going through: Andy Murray beat Karlovic in four sets

Going through: Andy Murray beat Karlovic in four sets

The world No 59 sent down a phenomenal 17 aces but his concentration was clearly broken by the line judges’ calls and he double-faulted twice in the fourth-set tiebreak.

Karlovic added: ‘I don’t foot fault. The most I remember in a tournament is one or two, and I can’t think of the last time.

‘Normally my left leg is still on the line, but I went back and still they called it. I didn’t want to go too crazy because I was trying to stay focused.

‘I’m a calm guy. If I lose it, I go off court. But I feel cheated — a Grand Slam, on Centre Court, I don’t know what to say.’

Done deal Karlovic claims Wimbledon is fixed to help Murray

Done deal Karlovic claims Wimbledon is fixed to help Murray

Wimbledon refused to comment, but Murray said: ‘It’s very tough to question the integrity of Wimbledon. It’s got a lot of history and tradition. There’s been hundreds and thousands of matches over the years — I’ve never heard of it before.

‘I need to see the videos. If there were 11 foot faults and every one was incorrect then that’s completely wrong and unfair.’