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Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea role but remains committed to Watford

Zola coy on Chelsea job as Blues legend admits club are still 'special' to him

having sold the Hornets to the Pozzo family.

The Hertfordshire outfit have this season sustained a serious bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League and are currently third in the npower Championship table, just two points off the automatic promotion places, safe in the knowledge they have not received a points deduction.

They have, however, been hit with a transfer embargo of sorts, which still allows them to buy and sell players but only with prior authorisation of football authorities.

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

A statement on the Football League
website read: 'A Football Disciplinary Commission, in the case of The
Football League vs Watford Football Club and Mr Laurence Bassini, has
determined that both defendants breached Football League regulations
regarding the securitisation of future transfer fees and central
distributions.'

A further club statement on Watford's official website read: 'Following the publication today of the independent Football Disciplinary Commission's judgement, Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it has not received a points deduction or a fine.

'Former owner and director Mr Laurence Bassini has been banned from any participation in football for three years.'

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

The statement continued: 'The club has been made the subject of a transfer embargo, but wishes to emphasise that the embargo referred to falls under Regulation 19 of the Football League Regulations.

'This is not an absolute bar on transfers, but rather a mechanism by which transfer business can be conducted by the club provided that the prior authorisation of the relevant football authorities has been obtained.

'It is clear from the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission that the offences which the club has been found guilty of were committed by one or two individuals who are no longer associated with the club – and without the knowledge of the full board of the club.'

Liverpool youngster Suso fined 10,000 by FA for homophobic Twitter outburst

It was just banter! Enrique unhappy with FA after they fined Liverpool teammate Suso 10,000 for a homophobic Tweet

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19:49 GMT, 18 December 2012

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique jumped to the defence of teammate Suso after the FA fined the youngster 10,000 for a homophobic Tweet.

The 19-year-old Spaniard sparked
controversy with his reply to team-mate Jose Enrique, who had posted a
bizarre picture of himself getting his teeth whitened.

Suso tweeted: ‘What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.’

The Reds midfielder quickly realised he had made a poor error of judgement, deleted the tweet and made an apology.

But, after hearing of Suso's punishment, Enrique tweeted: 'Is amazing how fa can fine my friend @suso30fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!'

jose enrique tweet

An FA statement read: ‘Following an
Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday, Liverpool’s Jesus
Fernandez Saez (Suso) has been fined 10,000 and warned as to his future
conduct for a comment posted on Twitter.

‘The charge, which the player admitted
and requested a paper hearing, was that he acted in a way which was
improper and/or brought the game into disrepute in that the comment was
posted on his Twitter account and included a reference to a person/s
sexual orientation and/or disability.’

The teenager apologised on his Twitter page tonight, saying the 'unfortunate' comments were intended as a joke.

Liverpool's Suso tweet

Gaffe: Liverpool's Suso reply to Jose Enrique

'I'm very sorry if anyone has been offended by my comments about the photo of my team-mate Jose Enrique,' he wrote.

'It was only a joke between the two of us. I realise that my words were unfortunate and it was not my intention to offend anyone.

'I apologise again if anyone was offended.'

Suso’s gaffe follows Jen Chang leaving his post as media chief following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger ‘Duncan Jenkins’.

Liverpool were forced to apologise to
Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the ‘inappropriate actions’ of
Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket.

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Suso has become an increasingly important member of the Reds' first-team and has made 13 appearances so far this season.

The attacking midfielder moved to Anfield from hometown club Cadiz in 2010 and signed a new long-term contract in October.

Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The
club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for
the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester
restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

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Pepe backheels Celta Vigo player in crotch

Madrid defender Pepe up to his old tricks with sneaky groin-level backheel

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11:28 GMT, 13 December 2012

Turning the backheel – a beautiful piece of skill – into a way of kicking an opponent in the crotch is devious.

And if you were asked to guess which Real Madrid player managed to do this, the name Pepe would probably be your first answer.

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In the wars: Pepe was involved in yet another controversial incident

In the wars: Pepe was involved in yet another controversial incident

Sensitive spot: Pepe's boot ends up somewhere Soto Roberto Lago would rather it didn't

Sensitive spot: Pepe's boot ends up somewhere Soto Roberto Lago would rather it didn't

It would also be a correct one, as last night in Madrid's Copa del Rey first leg against Celta Vigo Soto Roberto Lago felt the full force of the Portuguese centre-back's boot.

Pepe was frustrated as his side were losing 1-0 and looking fairly toothless – they ended up losing 2-1.

It's difficult to know whether he meant this deliberately or not – if, say, David Silva or Juan Mata were responsible it would go down as an unfortunate accident.

The referee was unsure himself and didn't produce a yellow card.

But Pepe has a history of being involved in similar incidents.

Remember that one time he repeatedly kicked Getafe captain Francisco Casquero after he took a tumble

Or the occasion he 'stepped' on Barcelona rival Lionel Messi's hand

Earlier thui year Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney labelled Pepe an 'idiot' after seeing the Messi incident.

Jack Wilshere also chipped in by tweeting 'Poor from Pepe!'.

After you pass judgement on whether he meant to kick Soto or not, watch this video (below) which 'celebrates' some of his more controversial moments.

Martin Samuel: John Terry, don"t fall into Luis Suarez trap… just say sorry

John, don't fall into Suarez trap… just say sorry

By
Martin Samuel

PUBLISHED:

22:35 GMT, 27 September 2012

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22:35 GMT, 27 September 2012

So, as expected, John Terry did not successfully call heads eight times in a row and has been found guilty of using racially aggravated language by the Football Association.

He now has two choices. He can say sorry, try to move on and hope that others will let him; or he pick at this like a festering sore until it risks poisoning his entire system. This is known as the Luis Suarez option.

John Terry drives out of Wembley Stadium

Decision time: John Terry made a terrible misjudgement

Correctly calling heads eight times straight carries the same probability as getting off an FA charge, and Terry may well go to his grave protesting his innocence in this matter.

He may believe, falsely, that he is the only victim here and that the body bringing the action against him is hopelessly compromised on a variety of levels. He will consider the not guilty judgement of the Chief Magistrate of Westminster to supersede any FA verdict. None of that matters now.

Throughout, Terry has made his point. What matters from here is that he admits that the events on October 23, 2011, should be nobody's idea of an acceptable exchange in civilised modern society, and apologises. Whatever his explanation, to end up shouting those three words down a football pitch at another human being is a terrible misjudgement.

By at least admitting as much, by acknowledging he was wrong and would not make the same mistake again, the first step to rehabilitation takes place. Liverpool learned this the hard way over Suarez. There is no textbook governing what Terry should do next; but there is certainly one that teaches what he shouldn't do.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left)

Toxic: Liverpool handled Luis Suarez controversy badly

On January 3 this year, Liverpool
announced they would not appeal against Suarez's eight-match FA ban for
racially abusing Patrice Evra of Manchester United, yet did so in such
an aggressive and clumsy way that it made their position 10 times worse.

'I will carry out the suspension with the resignation of someone who hasn't done anything wrong,' said Suarez, in the most toxically memorable passage. The rest of the statement attacked the FA, its process and Evra, the wronged party. There was no contrition.

By then, the story had already made the newspapers on John Henry's side of the Atlantic. Unsurprisingly, the controversy merely grew from there with Liverpool's reputation suffering considerable further damage. So that statement becomes the template: of everything Terry must not do.

He wishes to see the full statement explaining the FA panel's decision, before deciding whether to appeal, and this is his right. Clearly, there will be passages that can be picked apart with legal argument, just as there were in the Suarez judgement.

Terry could appeal on the grounds that article 6.8 of the FA Rules and Regulations suggests his case should not even have been brought, once he was found not guilty in Westminster Magistrates Court. That was his strongest argument legally, and it was ignored. Terry may now be advised that a higher court, perhaps the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, would take a more sympathetic view.

Yet what if it did What would then be proved Terry's detractors will continue to believe he got off on a technicality and was fortunate, his supporters – the vast number at Stamford Bridge, certainly – that he has been the subject of an FA power play. The battle lines have been drawn for some while now. Nothing that happens in any court from here will change those perceptions.

Terry is a man who divides opinion and this verdict will not alter that. There will be those who feel he has been unfairly pursued, others who think he has been treated lightly in comparison to Suarez (the size of his fine seems to be a reflection of his weekly salary, rather than a technical judgement).

The fans who regard him as leader and legend will be unmoved by the full verdict, however damning, those who despise him will not soften even if he were to be vindicated in a remote appeal court in six months' time. He will be called names and taunted by opposition fans, but he has lived with that for most of his career anyway.

Nothing much has changed. Any healing process will not be served by a fresh round of legal argument.

It would help if the FA tied such punishments to some form of re-education, rather than turning every offence into a financial bonanza. That way Terry might understand why using the words 'f****** black ****' in any context is unacceptable, rather than just writing a cheque to absolve his sins. Donating the 220,000 fine to a charity of Anton Ferdinand's choice might be a start, also.

Yet the most significant move from here is Terry's. He has paid enough lawyers, agents and image consultants to be steered in the right direction, beginning with a simple and sincere statement of regret.

He may, as his brief reaction quote makes clear in rather restrained fashion, be full of disappointment at the verdict, but he must know it could be worse. And it could most certainly get worse if he fails to heed lessons learned the hard way at Anfield.

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.'

London 2012 Olympics Boxing: Thomas Stalker loses to Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg in light welter quarter final

Heartbreak for Stalker as he loses medal chance in close bout with Uranchimeg

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Liverpool’s Tom Stalker failed in his bid to help Great Britain set a new post-War record of six guaranteed boxing medals from a single Games as he lost his light-welterweight quarter-final 23-22 to Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg.

Stalker looked sharp and precise in the opening round but he was up against a tough experienced foe in Uranchimeg, who dictated the pace and scored with short rights much to the delight of the raucous Mongolian contingent in the crowd.

End of the road:Thomas Stalker was beaten by Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg

End of the road:Thomas Stalker was beaten by Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg

On the attack: Stalker takes the fight to Uranchimegin

On the attack: Stalker takes the fight to Uranchimegin

In a quality light-welterweight contest, Stalker began the second round well, connecting with looping left hand, and producing the generally cleaner work, countering accurately although the Mongolian's strobing rights remained a cause for concern.

Stalker was made to pay for a poor finish to the second round as he walked into a pair of right hands to drop one point behind heading into the last.

Stalker poured out for the third and the pair waged war in a thrilling contest which remained on a knife-edge until the end.

Judgement time: Stalker looks dejected after his loss

Judgement time: Stalker looks dejected after his loss

Disbelief: Stalker reacts as he leaves the ring following his defeat

Disbelief: Stalker reacts as he leaves the ring following his defeat

London 2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps beats record medal tally

Greatest Olympian ever! Phelps beats all-time record medal tally with double in pool

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Michael Phelps tonight became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history when his gold in the 4×200 metres freestyle relay took him to 19.

The 27-year-old had equalled Larisa Latynina's record earlier this evening with silver in the 200m butterfly.

However, the United States swimmer moved him beyond the Russian whose record had stood since 1964 to stand alone at the pinnacle with three more events to come.

History maker: Phelps bagged the two medals he needed to become the most decorated Olympian

History maker: Phelps bagged the two medals he needed to become the most decorated Olympian

Phelps' medal tally
15 x GOLD2 x SILVER
2 x BRONZE

The American has always
maintained he is not interested in medal counts and will be furious with
himself after Chad le Clos beat him on the touch in his first race of the evening – the 200m butterfly.

It is a measure of the expectations placed on the Baltimore swimmer that there was audible shock around the Aquatics Centre, a feeling of deflation even.

However, credit is due to Le Clos who swam a superb race to take advantage of Phelps' poor judgement, the American gliding into the wall rather than finishing on a full stroke as has been his hallmark.

The South African won in one minute 52.96 seconds, 0.05secs ahead of Phelps with Japan's Takeshi Matsuda third.

The 200m butterfly final came after Caitlin McClatchey had finished seventh in the 200m freestyle which United States swimmer Allison Schmitt won in Olympic record time.

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

No hard feelings: Phelps congratulates Le Clos on sealing gold

No hard feelings: Phelps congratulates Le Clos on sealing gold

The 26-year-old McClatchey produced her
best performances for years to reach the final but she was not
realistically expected to be in the battle for the title.

Schmitt, who last month swam the
event faster than anyone in textiles in history, led from start to
finish and touched in a dominant 1:53.61.

France's Camille Muffat was second as
the pair reversed their placings in the 400m freestyle on Sunday with
Australia's Bronte Barratt third.

McClatchey touched in 1:57.60 in what is set to be her final Olympics after three Games.

She said: 'I would have liked to have
gone a bit faster than I did in the semi, I tried something a bit
different and ended up going out too hard probably, tried to stick with
Missy (Franklin) down the first length, and it took a bit more out of
me.

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly

'It was all about enjoying it tonight, I knew I would have to do something massive to get into the medals.

'I really enjoyed it, the crowd were fantastic again, I couldn't ask for anything more from them.

'I didn't even think I would make the
final because it was such a strong event so that was a massive
achievement, and I didn't come last so that was good!'

Jemma Lowe squeezed into the final of
the 200m butterfly in 2:07.37, a relief after the shock exit of world
silver medallist Ellen Gandy this morning.

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

You beauty! Le Clos' dad, Bert, celebrates his son's famous victory

John Terry back at Chelsea but could still face charge

Terry's back in blue but Chelsea skipper may still be facing an FA charge

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22:20 GMT, 18 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

John Terry found no shortage of well-wishers at Chelsea’s training ground on Wednesday after returning for the first time since he was found not guilty of a racially aggravated offence.

The Chelsea skipper left the country for a holiday in Portugal after the court case.

Now, after returning to training at Cobham, he is expected to join his Chelsea team-mates in Seattle at the weekend after taking extended leave because of Euro 2012.

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Feeling Blue: John Terry was back at Chelsea training on Wednesday

An independent QC is considering the 15-page court judgement from chief magistrate Howard Riddle and is expected to make recommendations to FA bosses this week.

Terry could still be charged under Rule E3, which concerns foul and abusive language. A sub-section relates to racial comments.

He has maintained throughout that he used the words ‘f****** black c***’ at Loftus Road last October only in a rhetorical sense.

He has been interviewed by Jenni Kennedy, the FA’s head of off-field regulation, and warned there is no place for such language in football. Terry is prepared for another fight to clear his name if charged.

Meanwhile, Birmingham are set to sign Chelsea left back Ben Gordon, 21, on a six-month loan deal.

John Terry NOT GUILTY: Chelsea captain cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Terry cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand as Chelsea captain is found not guilty in race trial

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14:55 GMT, 13 July 2012

John Terry has been found not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence involving Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was charged after he was seen mouthing the words 'f****** black c***' in Ferdinand's direction during Chelsea's defeat against QPR at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.

When the verdict from Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Howard Riddle arrived, Terry
simply nodded in response.

He soon left the court expressionless and did not make any comment before being taken away in a waiting car.

Dan Morrison, Terry's lawyer, said outside court: 'The court has today acquitted John Terry of all charges. He has consistently explained his position to the FA, the police and to the court.

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Judgement day: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon

Judgement day: John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Read the full ruling…

Click HERE for the 15-page document

'He did not racially abuse Mr Ferdinand
and the court has accepted this. John would like to thank his legal team
for their hard work and his family, friends and Chelsea Football Club
for their support.'

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. 'It is understandable why Mr Terry
wants to make this point, his reputation is at stake,' he said.

A statement from the Crown Prosecution Service read: 'The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse. It was our view that this was not “banter” on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court.

'The Chief Magistrate agreed that Mr Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr Terry of a racially aggravated offence. That is justice being done and we respect the Chief Magistrate’s decision.'

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

Arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court, Terry received shouts of encouragement as well as boos from members of the public gathered outside.

He entered the dock at just before
2pm wearing a grey suit with a grey tie. Family members of both Terry
and Ferdinand were in a packed gallery to hear the verdict delivered.

Terry is now expected to fly away on holiday with his family before returning for pre-season training with Chelsea ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Speaking outside the court, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck – who has been in court every day – said: 'Chelsea Football Club notes and, of course, we respect the decision of the magistrate today. We are pleased that John can now put his mind to football and go back to training and do what he's done for many years.'

A club statement read: 'Chelsea Football Club notes and respects Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle's decision to clear John Terry of the charge against him. We are pleased that John can now focus on football and his pre-season preparations with the team.'

Explaining his verdict, Mr Riddle said: 'There is no doubt that John Terry uttered the words 'f****** black c***' at Anton Ferdinand. When he did so he was angry. Mr Ferdinand says that he did not precipitate this comment by himself, accusing Mr Terry of calling him a black c***.

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

'Even with all the help the court has received from television footage, expert lip readers, witnesses and indeed counsel, it is impossible to be sure exactly what were the words spoken by Mr Terry at the relevant time.

'It is impossible to be sure exactly what was said to him at the relevant time by Mr Ferdinand. It is not only that all of this happened in a matter of seconds. For a small part of the relevant time the camera's view of Mr Terry was obstructed. We do not have a clear camera view of Mr Ferdinand, sufficient to pick up exactly what he said.

'No matter how serious the incident looks now, and how crucial the exact wording is now, at the time it was secondary to the key witnesses. They are professional footballers in the final minutes of a game where the result mattered to them both. They would naturally concentrate on the game more than on exactly what had been said to them or by them.

'There was the noise of the crowd. There is the fact that towards the end of a game players are not only physically tired they are also mentally tired. I don't need evidence to tell me that.

'It is a crucial fact that nobody has given evidence that they heard what Mr Terry said or more importantly how he said it. He has given effectively the same account throughout. Insofar as there are discrepancies in his account, they are understandable and natural.

'He says that he was himself wrongly accused by Mr Ferdinand on the pitch of calling him a black c***. He has maintained that from the beginning. (Terry's team mate) Mr Ashley Cole has corroborated that it was mentioned to him during the game.
Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

'There is no doubt that reasonably soon after the game he made the accusation to Mr Ferdinand. He confirmed that basic account in a statement on the evening of the match.

'He gave a very detailed account to the FA and later to the police. He gave evidence to that effect in this court. There have been minor discrepancies in the account. It seems likely that his belief that he was wrongly accused on the pitch has strengthened as time goes by, and I have discussed that above.

'However, his account has been subject to the most searching and thorough questioning on at least three occasions. Nobody has been able to show that he is lying. The lip readers do not provide evidence that categorically contradicts his account.

'What may at first sight have seemed clear to the non-expert, is less clear now. There are limitations to lip reading, even by an expert. I have assessed John Terry as a credible witness. Weighing all the evidence together, I think it is highly unlikely that Mr Ferdinand accused Mr Terry on the pitch of calling him a black c***. However, I accept that it is possible that Mr Terry believed at the time, and believes now, that such an accusation was made.

'The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand at this point is not strong. Mr Cole gives corroborating (although far from compelling corroborating) evidence on this point. It is therefore possible that what he said was not intended as an insult, but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him.

'In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty.'

Leaving court, Ferdinand's parents, Julian Ferdinand and Janice Lavender, who attended every day of the trial, declined to comment. Mr Ferdinand said: 'I have nothing to say to you at all.'

John Terry trial: D-Day in Anton Ferdinand race case

D-Day for Terry in race case as verdict to be delivered on Friday

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22:20 GMT, 12 July 2012

John Terry will discover at 2pm on Friday if he has been found guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence involving Anton Ferdinand.

The verdict will be a defining moment in the future career of the former England captain.

The verdict: John Terry will discover fate at 2pm

The verdict: John Terry will discover fate at 2pm

Fans' favourite: the 31-year-old has become a Stamford Bridge icon

Fans' favourite: the 31-year-old has become a Stamford Bridge icon

Terry was told by Westminster Magistrates Court that he will learn his fate after chief magistrate Howard Riddle opted to sleep on his decision.

He told Terry he will make a full judgement available for the benefit of the public after he delivers his verdict, scheduled for 2pm on Friday.

Terry was charged after he was seen mouthing the words 'f****** black c***' in Ferdinand's direction during Chelsea's defeat at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.

Child's play: Terry relaxes with his twins Georgie and Summer after a game

Child's play: Terry relaxes with his twins Georgie and Summer after a game

Adults only: Terry watching a game with Vanessa Perroncel, then girlfriend of Bridge (right)

Adults only: Terry watching a game with Vanessa Perroncel, then girlfriend of Bridge (right)

Terry claims Ferdinand accused him of making a racist comment in the 83rd minute and made the comment in indignation as part of his response.

The prosecution and defence counsel made their closing speeches on Thursday and the chief magistrate made it clear he will deliver a verdict on Friday.