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Sir Alex Ferguson referee watch: Manchester United manager loses his temper briefly

Fergie ref watch: After his haranguing of Dean and co, how did Sir Alex behave on the touchline for clash against West Brom

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UPDATED:

01:24 GMT, 30 December 2012

It seemed like Sir Alex Ferguson was on his way to giving another set of officials the full treatment during Manchester United's 2-0 victory over West Brom at Old Trafford.

But although he did start shouting at assistant referee Andy Garrett over the award of a throw-in, he soon made up with him.

These pictures show the Red Devils boss giving Garrett an earful before later making him laugh, along with fourth official Phil Dowd.

Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett

Just joshing: Ferguson laughed with him afterwards

Making up: Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett… but then joked with him afterwards

Time for a chat: Garratt giggled while Ferguson chatted to fourth official Phil Dowd

Time for a chat: Garratt giggled while Ferguson chatted to fourth official Phil Dowd

The officials would have been wary
after the United manager's incredible rant at Mike Dean and his
assistants during the side's 4-3 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.

He strode on to the pitch to harangue
Dean about Newcastle’s controversial second goal and then berated both a
linesman and the fourth official.

But because the referee did not
include the incidents in his match report he is believed to view
Ferguson’s comments as within the boundaries of reasonable
communication.

Dean did not report him because he did not feel there was abusive language or any questioning of his integrity.

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Dowd was sandwiched between Fergie and the United mascot

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Dowd was sandwiched between Fergie and the United mascot

Manager watch

Wenger v Pardew

Pardew was banned for shoving an assistant referee this term but kept his hands to himself yesterday. Wenger stayed seated.

Hughton v Mancini

While Hughton was a silent witness to defeat, Mancini was furious with Nasri's red card, though he was sanguine at the time.

Jol v Laudrup

Laudrup remained in control amid doubts over Fulham's goal. Jol knew he and his players were to blame for defeat.

Lambert v Martinez

Lambert kept cool despite another thrashing. His rival appeared annoyed by refereeing decisions but reined himself in.

McDermott v Allardyce

A feisty game but neither tangled with the officials. McDermott stood in his technical area while Big Sam stayed seated.

Pulis v Adkins

Both were animated but well behaved throuighout. Pulis was asked to retreat from the touchline in the second half, and did.

Martin O'Neill v AVB

Little to move Andre VIllas-Boas, who sat through most of the game. Martin O'Neill prowled his technical area as usual.

Roberto Mancini still searching for a "Plan B" as Manchester City slip up again on Wearside

Mancini still looking for 'Plan B' as Man City slip up again on Wearside

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23:20 GMT, 26 December 2012

Manchester City's afternoon finished with Joleon Lescott at centre forward, Joe Hart pitching up for two added-time corners and City coach Brian Kidd on the touchline. All are signs of tension, and yesterday, not good signs.

As City pushed in vain for an equaliser, Kidd will have heard the comeback news from Old Trafford with familiar bewilderment. Everyone did. Then the final whistle blew and Roberto Mancini stood apart, literally, with a thousand-yard stare and a seven-point deficit. There had been no release.

Out of touch: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (right)

Out of touch: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (right)

City had lost again on Wearside. The champions of England have it all to do if their fans are to sing that line this time next year.

The 'champions' song had got an early airing at the Stadium of Light, along with an un-witty ditty about Robin van Persie.

But by five o'clock City fans bore silent witness to their first away defeat since April. The noise from United must have disturbed them as much as their team's frustration and while Mancini played down the significance of one day in a 38-game campaign, the halfway mark comparison with last season is revealing.

City are not just seven points off United, they are six points short of their own tally of a year ago. Then they arrived at Sunderland top of the table, with a first title in 44 years to chase but lost 1-0 to Ji Dong-won's 90th-minute goal.

Mixed message: Defender Joleon Lescott finished the game upfront

Mixed message: Defender Joleon Lescott finished the game upfront

An appealing contrast yesterday should have been that they had time to recover from Adam Johnson's 53rd-minute strike, which had so embarrassed Hart and led to him seeking late atonement.

But City couldn't level matters. They don't look like the rising force they were 12 months ago; they look like they are searching. Mancini blamed 'soft' attacking, a reference to Sergio Aguero's 70th-minute chance and an earlier one for David Silva, both saved by Simon Mignolet. Mancini's lack of panic was understandable. City flowed for the opening 20 minutes, Mignolet's importance to the home win tells a story and Aguero and Carlos Tevez showed a great understanding.

Yet before kick-off Kolo Toure had sounded concerns about City requiring a 'Plan B' when faced by opponents who sit deep. That followed Saturday's stoppage-time winner from Gareth Barry to beat Reading.

Adam family: Johnson returned to haunt his old club

Adam family: Johnson returned to haunt his old club

But Toure cannot have been talking about throwing on Lescott in the 89th minute as a regular viable alternative. Lescott replaced midfielder Javi Garcia, whose performance was neither energetic nor creative.

City must have both in places like this, but Yaya Toure displayed only flashes of his authority. Privately, he'd probably like some help.

But this wasn't all about City. The teamsheet sparked a legitimate debate as to which Sunderland players would get on the City bench, never mind the first XI. Johnson came from that bench. Yesterday he reminded City of his talent. Johnson's new manager, Martin O'Neill, did the same.

Chelsea fan accused of "monkey" taunt at Danny Welbeck will face no further action

Chelsea fan accused of aiming 'monkey' taunt at Welbeck will face no further action as CPS claim there is 'insufficient evidence'

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16:04 GMT, 13 December 2012

No further action will be taken against a man who was arrested on suspicion of racist behaviour following Chelsea's League Cup win over Manchester United, Scotland Yard said.

Pictures taken during the October 31 fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge appeared to show a fan making a 'monkey' gesture.

A 28-year-old man was arrested over alleged racist behaviour. United striker Danny Welbeck appeared to be the target of the alleged abuse.

A CPS London spokesperson said: 'We have thoroughly reviewed the evidence in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

Taunt: Chelsea supporter Gavin Kirkham will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

'To bring a charge for a racially
aggravated public order offence we need to be able to prove in a court
either that an individual’s gestures demonstrate hostility towards the
victim based on the victim's membership (or presumed membership) of a
racial group, or that the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by
hostility towards members of a racial group based on their membership of
that group.

'It is our decision that, having
looked closely at video footage, an image of the incident and witness
statements, the evidence does not demonstrate this to the standard
required for a prosecution. There is therefore insufficient evidence for
a realistic prospect of conviction and we are therefore not bringing a
charge against this individual.'

Other fans in the crowd were
interviewed and CCTV footage has been examined but 'a decision was taken
with the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with no further action,'
the Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He
said: 'The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) takes any allegation of
racist chanting and/or behaviour very seriously and if any matters are
brought to our attention they will of course be thoroughly investigated.

'The MPS routinely
work very closely with football clubs and partner agencies to monitor
behaviour to ensure public confidence and safety.'

Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, told Sportsmail: 'We are surprised and very disappointed with this decision. We will be taking this matter up with the CPS and also the Metropolitan Police in due course. This decision is not in the public interest and they need to be held to account for it.'

Earlier
this year, Chelsea imposed a lifetime ban on a supporter who admitted
racially abusing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Ashley Cole"s relatives "posted mocking messages online" about coin attack on Rio Ferdinand

'Give the fan that threw it a medal!' Ashley Cole's relatives 'mocked Ferdinand coin attack on Facebook'

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10:42 GMT, 11 December 2012

Supporters were outraged when Manchester
United star Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding after being hit in the face
with a two pence coin as he celebrated his team's derby victory at the
weekend.

But it seems
not everybody was as sympathetic to his plight, with relatives of fellow
Premiership star Ashley Cole apparently taking to Facebook to gloat
about the attack on Ferdinand during Sunday's Manchester derby.

Cole's brother Matthew is reported to have said in a post that seeing the defender hit in the eye had 'made his day'.

'Straight in the eye!!': Ashley Cole's brother Matthew described his glee at the attack on Ferdinand in a Facebook postWound: Blood streams down Ferdiand's face aftee the missile hit him in the face, apparently a coin thrown from the Manchester City end

'Straight in the eye!!': Ashley Cole's brother Matthew described his glee at the attack on Ferdinand in a Facebook post

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

When Ferdinand was hit in the
face with the coin as he celebrated his team beating Manchester City 3-2 on
Sunday, the Chelsea star's brother Matthew is said to have posted on
Facebook: 'So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give
it kissing his badge!! Straight in the eye!! Made my day.'

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Cole's mother Sue later added her own comment: 'Give the fan that threw it a medal!!'

The well-documented tension between Cole and Ferdinand surfaced during the John Terry race trial, in which Cole acted as a character witness for Chelsea captain John Terry after he was accused of racially abusing Rio's brother Anton during a heated game against QPR at Loftus Road.

The former England skipper was cleared at Westminster magistrates, but the bad blood between the two camps remains.

Rio Ferdinand himself was in trouble after agreeing with a Twitter follower who referred to Cole as a 'choc ice'. In response to the tweet: 'looks like Ashley Cole's going to be their choc ice. Then again he's always been a sellout. Shame on him', Ferdinand himself tweeted: 'I hear you fella! choc ice is classice hahahahahahaha!!'

I'm ashamed and have let my family down, says sorry fan who confronted Rio

Flashpoint: A City fan confronts Ferdinand at end of Manchester derby

Ashley Cole's brother Matthew said Rio Ferdinand getting hit in the face had 'made his day'

Sue Cole, Ashley Cole's mother, said to 'give the fan that threw it a medal'

Jibes: Chelsea star Ashley Cole's brother
Matthew Cole, left, and mother Sue Cole, appeared to revel in the injury
to Man United defender Rio Ferdinand

The Facebook thread was later removed.

Sue Cole denied writing anything online about Ferdinand's injury.

Matthew Cole was unavailable for comment.

Ferdinand
was left bleeding from his left eye following the incident which took
place in the aftermath of United's injury-time winning goal in their 3-2
victory at the Etihad Stadium.

In
extraordinary scenes, a City fan then ran on to the pitch to confront
Ferdinand but was restrained by Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart. A
smoke flare was also thrown onto the pitch.

However,
the Premier League star joked about it afterwards, tweeting: 'Whoever
threw that coin,what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p….could
have at least been a 1 coin!'

John Obi Mikel verdict after Mark Clattenburg claims imminent

FA's Mikel verdict due after claims ref Clattenburg racially abused Chelsea star

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22:30 GMT, 6 November 2012

The Football Association expect to complete their investigation into Chelsea's claims that Mark Clattenburg racially insulted John Mikel Obi before the weekend.

Chelsea players, including Mikel and Ramires, gave witness statements to Jenni Kennedy, head of governance at the FA, on Monday. Now her attention has turned to referee Clattenburg.

FA chiefs, who are under pressure to make a swift decision, could even make an announcement on potential charges before the weekend.

Verdict due: The FA expect to complete their investigation before the weekend

Verdict due: The FA expect to complete their investigation before the weekend

Chris Kirkland attack: Leeds fan Aaron Cawley jailed

Disgraced! Leeds supporter jailed for 16 weeks after attack on goalkeeper Kirkland

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21:30 GMT, 22 October 2012

Leeds United have scored 18 times in their eight matches at Elland Road this season, so the Charlton keeper Ben Hamer will have much to focus upon when he takes his place in goal there on Tuesday evening.

Because of events at Hillsborough on Friday night, though, Hamer could be forgiven the odd glance over his shoulder.

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Aaron Cawley jailed for four months at Sheffield Magistrates court

Aaron Cawley jailed for four months at Sheffield Magistrates court

Locked up: Aaron Cawley was jailed for fourth months after assaulting Chris Kirland on Friday

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan caught Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland flush in the face with a sickening assault

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

VIDEO: Chris Kirkland is punched in the face by a fan…

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Aaron Cawley, the Leeds 'fan' who
confronted and pushed over Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland,
was jailed for 16 weeks on Monday.

Kirkland, who gave a witness
statement, and others who had called for a custodial sentence, will be
pleased with one aspect of the decision at Sheffield Magistrates Court.

Leeds United released a statement in which they expressed regret that the sentence was not longer.

Cawley, the subject of two previous
breached banning orders, was given a six-year ban this time. He must
also stay at least a mile away from grounds where Leeds are playing.

To Elland back: Cawley will now spend four months behind bars for his actions

Early years: Cawley - once a Leeds mascot - poses with Robbie Keane

To Elland back: Cawley will now spend four months behind bars for his actions – years after he spent the day as a Leeds mascot and had his picture taken with Robbie Keane

But the effectiveness of football
banning orders has been publicly questioned by Cawley's behaviour and
although the 21-year-old from Cheltenham pleaded guilty to assault and
is said to have expressed remorse, an invisible line as well as a
visible one was crossed on Friday.

Cawley not only breached his ban
again and the thin stewarding at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough,
he broke the guarantee of personal safety that every player should have
at every ground they attend. Without that guarantee, a player's feeling
of security diminishes.

Players often comment on intimidating
atmospheres such as that which often exists at Elland Road and on many
occasions they are inspired by the intimidation as well as daunted by
it. But once that changes into a feeling of physical vulnerability, then the stadium dimensions have altered.

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

Despite Elland Road's reputation, in
the last 40 years there have been three pitch invasions and none of the
sort that occurred at Hillsborough. In this copycat world the hope is
that others do not take conscious or unconscious heed of Cawley.

Five years ago there was not an
outbreak of stupid aggression in Scotland after a Celtic 'fan' ran on
the pitch at a Champions League game and caught the AC Milan goalkeeper
Dida, albeit lightly.

Last January a 17-year-old
Sunderland 'fan' pushed Newcastle keeper Steve Harper in the back after a
home goal. While playing for Newcastle, Shay Given has also been
confronted at the Stadium of Light by pitch invaders. But the shock of
Friday at Hillsborough was the level of force with which Cawley laid
hands on Kirkland's face.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock was
understandably derided – by some Leeds fans as well as Wednesday manager
Dave Jones – for suggesting that Kirkland had somehow made a meal of a
blindside attack.

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

Jones, again understandably, was also
aggrieved that Warnock sent his players to salute the travelling Leeds
contingent at the end of the drawn game.

Despite yesterday being a normal
pre-match day in which managers speak, Warnock was silent. Leeds
chairman Ken Bates, who speaks for some Leeds fans, told the Yorkshire
Post: 'What is encouraging is that I am told the vast majority of Leeds
fans were as appalled by what happened as everyone else.

'The idiot who ran on the pitch
better not go anywhere near Elland Road again. There are a lot of people
angered by what he did.

'We have been working hard as a club
to improve our image over the past few years. But this guy has done so
much damage to that. It isn't fair on the overwhelming majority of Leeds
fans.'

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Bates would not be alone at Elland
Road in endorsing the opinion of Allan Clarke when he was manager in the
early 1980s. Clarke offered to birch Leeds hooligans on the pitch at
half-time.

The message-board culture is not
definitive but it can be taken as a form of barometer and there are many
authentic Leeds fans who are disgusted by Cawley's behaviour. Others are not.

Leeds' league attendances fell by 14
per cent last season. This season they are averaging 23,000 at home in
the Championship. There will be various explanations for that, from
price to unhappiness with player sales and Bates's continued presence.
The attendance tonight will be of interest.

There will definitely be one less
than there would have been. Aaron Cawley is locked up but it will be a
test of policing, and of the supporter self-policing that Jones has
talked of, if Cawley is not to attend a Leeds game before 2018.

John Terry race case: FA could investigate how Ashley Cole"s evidence was changed

Trail of emails could reveal why Cole altered his evidence in Terry affair: FA may investigate how the word 'black' got into Chelsea star's statement

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23:20 GMT, 6 October 2012

Ashley Cole could face an FA investigation into his conduct if the governing body decide there is evidence that he tried to mislead the disciplinary commission which found Chelsea captain John Terry guilty of racial abuse.

While Cole, in line to make his 100th England appearance on Tuesday week, might have been anticipating plaudits from the FA, it will be the job of the ruling body’s disciplinary chiefs to decide whether they should bring two charges of ‘improper conduct’ against the Chelsea defender.

And if they charge him on the basis of the ‘evolution of his evidence’, as the disciplinary commission put it in their judgment on the Terry case last week, then the FA will be empowered to demand the trail of internal emails at Chelsea to discover exactly how Cole’s evidence came to be changed.

Doing their day job: John Terry and Ashley Cole turned out for Chelsea

Doing their day job: John Terry and Ashley Cole turned out for Chelsea

Sources close to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, the victim of Terry’s abuse, believe the FA should investigate the way Cole’s witness statement was handled at Chelsea.

And a source, who has chaired FA disciplinary hearings, said: ‘If I had been the chairman of this commission, I would want them charged. The disciplinary team at the FA will now get some advice from the legal team, but the chairman (of the independent regulatory commission) might have a word with them and say that he didn’t like what he’d heard during the hearing.’

Cole will almost certainly face one charge for his ‘bunch of t***s’ tweet, which he directed at the FA in response to criticism of him in the disciplinary judgment and for which he can expect a fine.

A hasty apology and a conversation with England manager Roy Hodgson on Friday at least saved his place in the England squad. And on Saturday Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed that the club have started a ‘disciplinary process’ over Cole’s outburst.

All fine on the pitch: Terry and Cole helped Chelsea to a comfortable win

All fine on the pitch: Terry and Cole helped Chelsea to a comfortable win

More worrying for Cole is the possibility of an additional FA charge of improper conduct if it is felt that he had misled the commission, a charge that Chelsea secretary David Barnard, an FA councillor who sits on the international committee, could also face.

Although it was Terry’s reputation that was further diminished by the commission’s finding that he had racially abused Ferdinand, it was the ‘evolution’ of Cole’s evidence that ultimately captured the headlines.

The much-anticipated written judgment on the case was peppered with scepticism when it came to Cole’s account of what he had or had not heard Ferdinand say on the day he was abused by Terry.

Was it a word beginning with ‘b’, as the notes in his original FA interview said Or was it definitely the word ‘black’ as Cole, using Barnard as a conduit, later insisted it was The change was crucial to Terry’s insistence that he had used the word ‘black’ only in response to Ferdinand using it.

Something to smile about: Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay and secretary David Barnard were in the stands watching the win

Something to smile about: Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay and secretary David Barnard were in the stands watching the win

The commission decided that it had ‘considerable doubts’ as to whether Cole’s evidence could be relied upon to support Terry’s account and had ‘very real concerns about the accuracy of Mr Barnard’s recollections and the motivations for the assertions he makes’.

The Commission also drew attention to Terry’s criminal trial last July, in which he was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence, saying that, had Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle been in possession of the FA’s initial interviews with the players, he ‘would have examined Mr Cole’s evidence … very carefully indeed or scrutinised it even more closely than he may have done’.

Chelsea have said they will back Terry, Barnard and Cole, claiming that they had all co-operated with the FA at every stage. The club will not be issuing a statement until the process is complete, with Terry now having until October 18 to decide whether he will appeal against the verdict.

Only then will the club, who have a zero tolerance policy on racism, decide whether to impose their own penalty on Terry and whether he is allowed to keep the captaincy.

Interested spectator: England coach Roy Hodgson also watched from the stands

Interested spectator: England coach Roy Hodgson also watched from the stands

According to senior FA sources, both Barnard and Cole could, in theory, face another investigation and Chelsea could be ordered to disclose all emails relevant to the case.

Almost one year on from the original clash between Terry and Ferdinand, the case looks as though it could yet run and run. So a week that might, for once, have focused exclusively on the good that Cole does — namely as an outstanding left-back — has been sabotaged by the player himself.

On Tuesday, Cole will shake hands with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the official opening of the FA’s new national football centre at St George’s Park, Burton. It should be a hugely important day for the FA’s long-term vision for the game but it is in danger of being overshadowed by the Cole affair.

Seven days later, Cole could join Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and David Beckham in the most exalted ranks of the English game by winning his 100th cap for his country when England play Poland in a World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

Heading home: Fernando Torres scored as Chelsea beat Norwich 4-1

Heading home: Fernando Torres scored as Chelsea beat Norwich 4-1

The achievement might have prompted the FA to honour Cole on the night. But that now seems unlikely.

Roy Hodgson is entitled to despair. On Thursday he had been invited to eulogise over Cole’s England performances in anticipation of him reaching a century of caps. ‘It must be fantastic to play 100 times for the national team,’ said Hodgson.

Asked if Cole might be picked as captain for the Poland game to mark his century of appearances, Hodgson replied: ‘I’ve not considered it and it is something that would need an awful lot of consideration. You would need to discuss it with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who have been captaining the team. It’s not something you should take lightly. I’ll have to dodge the question but it’s worthy of consideration.

‘What is more worthy of consideration is that Ashley, at a relatively young age and with more football left in him, is likely to get his 100th cap very soon and that is fantastic. I don’t think we should underestimate the value of that.’

Referring to Wright, Moore, Charlton, Shilton and Beckham, Hodgson added: ‘They are top-class names, legends of the past, it must be great to know you are joining that. We don’t have a Hall Of Fame as they do with baseball in America but these people are our Hall Of Famers and now Ashley will join that group.’

Hodgson was, of course, merely responding politely to questions about Cole. Gerrard was always likely to retain the captaincy for the Poland game given that Cole has told past managers he does not want to lead the team.

If you ask coaches, managers and even rival players about Cole’s footballing abilities, they all echo Hodgson’s praise. But therein lies the Cole conundrum: He is as disastrous in managing his image off the pitch as he is good on it when dealing with the world’s best wingers.

John Terry racism row: Ashley Cole under fire in FA report

Cole comes under fire in Terry racist abuse report after his FA evidence was altered to include the word 'black'

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10:28 GMT, 5 October 2012

Ashley Cole and Chelsea have been criticised by the FA after his evidence in the John Terry racist abuse hearing was amended to include the word 'black'.

In the 63-page document released by the FA commission detailing the reasons behind Terry's four-match ban and 220,000 fine for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the Chelsea left-back's evidence comes under the microscope.

Cole's statement supporting Terry's version, and the role played by a Chelsea club official, are questioned by the commission.

Criticised: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates court in July

Criticised: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates court in July

FA reveal Terry hearing details

Click HERE for the full 63-page FA report on the John Terry racism case

Terry had been cleared in Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a racially-aggravated public order offence, partly helped by the testimony of England and Chelsea team-mate Cole.

However, the commission found that there were discrepancies in Cole's initial statement to FA interviewers of what he heard Ferdinand say to Terry compared to later statements.

Cole did not mention the word 'black' in the initial interview with the FA on October 28. On November 3, Chelsea club secretary David Barnard asked the FA for the specific word 'black' to be inserted into Cole's witness statement, suggesting that Cole may have heard Ferdinand use the term.

Snub: Ferdinand refused to shake Cole's hand last month

Snub: Ferdinand refused to shake Cole's hand last month

Race row: Ferdinand (left) faced Terry at Loftus Road last month

Race row: Ferdinand (left) faced Terry at Loftus Road last month

The commission saw an email exchange between the FA and Barnard and said that should be regarded as 'cogent new evidence'.

The statement read: 'These highly material issues relating to Mr Cole's evidence were not addressed by the Chief Magistrate – he clearly did not have the interview notes of the FA's interviewers, or Mr Barnard's statement before him – and they do not appear in his judgment.

'Accordingly, that material can and should properly be regarded as cogent new evidence. Had it been before him, the commission has no doubt that the Chief Magistrate would have examined Mr Cole's evidence as to what he claims he heard Mr Ferdinand say to Mr Terry on the pitch very carefully indeed, or scrutinised it even more closely than he may have done.

'All of this causes the commission to have very real concerns about the accuracy of Mr Barnard's recollections, and the motivation for the assertions that he makes in his witness statement about what Mr Cole said during the FA interview of him, particularly his alleged use of the word “black”.'

Chelsea would not comment on the contents of the written reasons.

A Chelsea spokesman said: 'As we said last week we recognise that John has the right to appeal.

'In view of this it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time.'

Anton Ferdinand pays tribute to QPR fans after John Terry ordeal

Ferdinand pays tribute to QPR fans after Terry race row

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18:04 GMT, 3 October 2012

Anton Ferdinand has thanked the 'fantastic support' he received from QPR fans during the recent high-profile league encounter with Chelsea, saying he could not have got through the day without them.

Last month's meeting between the two clubs at Loftus Road was the first encounter between Ferdinand and John Terry on the pitch since the Chelsea captain was cleared by magistrates of racially abusing the Rangers defender in July.

Out of hand: Ferdinand snubs Terry after the Chelsea defender was accused of racial abuse

Out of hand: Ferdinand snubs Terry after the Chelsea defender was accused of racial abuse

Ferdinand, who snubbed both Terry and Ashley Cole – who testified as a character witness for his England team-mate at the trial – at the pre-match handshake, expressed his gratitude for the backing he received from QPR fans during that game.

He told his club's website: 'They gave me fantastic support and I couldn't have got through the day without them.

'They kept me going. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.'

The 27-year-old is also grateful for the support he has received from his club and team-mates, as well as the fans, adding: 'It has been a difficult period for me but the fans have been special, they have been very good to me.

'The club on the whole, the lads and all the fans have given me incredible support. The backing I've been given is something I will never forget.'

Terry was cleared in July by Westminster Magistrates Court of uttering the words as an insult, but that did not prevent him being found guilty under FA rules last week.

Terry, who has always denied all charges against him, is still deciding whether to appeal that verdict and has indicated he would wait until he was in receipt of the written judgment before making that decision.

John Terry FA hearing – Fabio Capello backs Chelsea captain

Capello backs Terry as Chelsea captain arrives for third day of race-row hearing with Ferdinand

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10:13 GMT, 26 September 2012

Fabio Capello has provided a witness statement for John Terry as the Chelsea captain arrived for day three of his racism hearing.

Terry is facing an FA independent regulatory hearing into a charge that he used racist language towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand in October last year.

He arrived at Wembley Stadium early on Wednesday morning as the case heads towards its conclusion.

Day three: Terry's trial will continue into Wednesday

Day three: Terry's trial will continue into Wednesday

It is believed an outcome could arrive at some point on Thursday, although there is scope for delays.

Both Capello and his former England
No 2 Franco Baldini are understood to have written testimonies praising
Terry for his work under them.

Capello resigned in February over the FA's decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

Terry's team-mate Ashley Cole is likely to be called upon again to testify during the current hearing.

Cole gave evidence that helped
exonerate Terry in his Westminster Magistrates' Court case in July
related to the same incident, telling the court: 'We shouldn't be
sitting here.'

Flashpoint: Ferdinand (left) refused to shake Terry's hand when Chelsea and QPR met in the Premier League at Loftus Road earlier this month

Flashpoint: Ferdinand (left) refused to shake Terry's hand when Chelsea and QPR met in the Premier League at Loftus Road earlier this month

Meanwhile, former Chelsea coach Ray
Wilkins, who also testified on the defender's behalf in court, has said
he is prepared to go to the FA hearing to support the player, who
announced his international retirement on Sunday.

Wilkins told ESPN: 'I called John
immediately after his decision to resign from the England team to see
how he is. We didn't talk about my attendance at the FA hearing, but I
am there for him if he needs me.

'I gave evidence on his behalf at the magistrates' court and I would do so again at the FA hearing, if they wish me to.'

The case centres around an incident during Chelsea's Barclays Premier League defeat at QPR on October 23 last year when Terry and Ferdinand clashed verbally on a number of occasions.

It set in motion a train of events that saw:

:: Terry charged with an offence by the Crown Prosecution Service :: stripped of the England captaincy :: the subsequent resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager in protest :: questions surrounding Terry's inclusion in the Euro 2012 squad and Rio Ferdinand's omission.

Terry was found not guilty in July of a racially-motivated public order offence with the prosecution unable to prove he had called Ferdinand a 'f****** black c***' as an insult.

Familiar territory: Terry heads back to Wembley on Wednesday

Familiar territory: Terry heads back to Wembley on Wednesday

Terry admitted using the words, but insisted he had only been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

The FA's decision to press ahead with their own charges infuriated Terry to the extent that on the eve of the disciplinary hearing he announced he was quitting international football with immediate effect, saying his position was 'untenable'.

Terry's legal team had argued the governing body's own rules dictated his acquittal in court means the case cannot proceed but the FA believed their charge was distinct from the court charge.

The panel who handed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban when they found him guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season declared at that time that simply using racist language was enough to constitute a breach of FA rules.