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Napoli match-fixing scandal: Paolo Cannavaro, Gianluca Grava and Matteo Gianello banned as club are docked points

Napoli deducted two points for part in match-fixing scandal as shamed defenders Cannavaro and Grava get six-month bans

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10:50 GMT, 18 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:50 GMT, 18 December 2012

Serie A title hopefuls Napoli will be deducted two points after defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava were handed six-month bans for failing to report match-fixing.

Former Azzurri goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has been banned for 39 months for admitting an attempt to fix Napoli’s top-flight meeting with Sampdoria in 2010, with Cannavaro and Grava punished for failing to report their knowledge of Gianello’s actions and Napoli penalised as the players’ employer.

A disciplinary commision statement published by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) today read: 'Two penalty points for Napoli and a 70,000 euro fine.

Shamed: Paolo Cannavaro was banned for six months for failing to report match-fixing

Shamed: Paolo Cannavaro was banned for six months for failing to report match-fixing

'A ban of three years and three months for Matteo Gianello and bans of six months for Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava.'

Gianello, now a free agent, confessed to attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli's Serie A match at Sampdoria in May 2010.

Cannavaro and Grava denied any wrongdoing but are set to miss the rest of the season for failing to report Gianello's activities to the authorities at the time.

Despite making a strong start to the season, Napoli had fallen eight points behind league leaders and reigning champions Juventus, with today's deduction further distancing Walter Mazzarri's side as they slip into fifth place behind Inter Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina.

Slammed: Former Napoli keeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months after admitting an attempt to fix a game against Sampdoria in 2010

Slammed: Former Napoli keeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months after admitting an attempt to fix a game against Sampdoria in 2010

FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had previously suggested a ban of 16 months for Gianello but a disciplinary tribunal recommended a lengthier suspension.

A one-point deduction was the original proposal for Napoli, with Cannavaro and Grava facing nine-month bans, but those verdicts have also been amended.

Napoli, Cannavaro and Grava are likely to appeal the hefty sanctions through the FIGC before approaching the TNAS tribunal court in Rome should they be unsuccessful.

The disciplinary commission also issued a two-point deduction for Lega Pro side Portogruaro while Crotone were acquitted of any wrongdoing in a 2011 match between the two sides.

Hitting the heights: Edinson Cavani (right) has helped Napoli to third in the Serie A this term

Hitting the heights: Edinson Cavani (right) has helped Napoli to third in the Serie A this term

The FIGC's wide-ranging investigation into match-fixing, known as 'Calcioscommesse' saw Juventus head coach Antonio Conte suspended from the game for four months for failing to report his knowledge of match-fixing during his time in charge of Siena.

Conte's former club accepted a six-point deduction for their role in the scandal, with former Bari defender Andrea Masiello receiving a 22-month suspended prison sentence after admitting scoring an own-goal during a relegation decider.

Ex-Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli chained himself to the headquarters of the FIGC for four days in protest against a three-year ban.

Chelsea Mark Clattenburg fiasco: Ron Gourlay should resign – Jonathan McEvoy

The enemies of football are now pariahs of the Premier League… Gourlay should pay with his job for this

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23:45 GMT, 22 November 2012

For a cabal that has found it easy to spread so much insinuation and so many insults about so many innocent parties, Chelsea cannot bring themselves to utter the one appropriate word.

Sorry was not to be heard in the wind howling down Fulham Road last night. It was as predictable an omission as it was sad.

The FA had found the club’s accusation that referee Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a ‘monkey’ did not stand up to scrutiny. All logic and instinct had told us that the minute the claim was made on October 28 following Chelsea’s acrimonious defeat by Manchester United.

No evidence: Chelsea's claims about Mark Clattenburg have proved to be unfounded - but they won't say sorry

No evidence: Chelsea's claims about Mark Clattenburg have proved to be unfounded – but they won't say sorry

Sky TV had failed with all 20 of their cameras to pick up the racial slur. The other officials cleared Clattenburg of wrongdoing. Chelsea had a record of intimidation and arrogance.

What is more, Clattenburg speaks with a Geordie accent. Anyone who has spent time in a Newcastle pub will tell you how those tones can be faintly indecipherable to English ears let alone to a Brazilian, namely Ramires, who thought he heard the insult despite the backdrop of a noisy stadium. Ramires’ recollections were translated for the rest of the team by David Luiz, another Brazilian. Mikel, the supposed victim who has good English, did not hear the word monkey spoken.

Despite all this — and after the shameful saga of John Terry, Chelsea’s totem, calling Anton Ferdinand a black **** — the club were going public within hours about Clattenburg’s supposed crime. They also claimed Juan Mata was called a ‘Spanish t***’, an accusation later withdrawn.

Nasty episode: The John Terry race row with Anton Ferdinand brought shame onto the club

Nasty episode: The John Terry race row with Anton Ferdinand brought shame onto the club

Why did they not keep quiet while they considered if a complaint was worthwhile That is a question for Ron Gourlay, the chief executive. A second question for him is: will you resign after this fiasco
Harsh Hardly. This is a club drunk on its own oxygen and wealth.

Take Rafa Benitez’s unveiling as the ninth manager of Roman Abramovich’s nine-year reign. He is the latest pawn in a billionaire’s game where normal employment rights — like reward for success — do not count because he can afford to override them.

No wonder the men on the pitch and in the boardroom adopt such high-handedness when the boss sets such a rebarbative example.

The litany of modern Chelsea’s bullying of referees is without parallel in British football.

Remember him Referee Anders Frisk (second left) was forced into retirement by death threats

Remember him Referee Anders Frisk (second left) was forced into retirement by death threats

The crime sheet goes back as far as February 2005, when the then manager Jose Mourinho accused Anders Frisk of collusion with Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard during Chelsea’s defeat at the Nou Camp that saw Didier Drogba sent off. Chelsea were charged with inappropriate conduct and Mourinho was banned from the touchline. Frisk retired after receiving death threats.

Mourinho was cast as an ‘enemy of football’ by UEFA referees’ committee chairman Volker Roth.
Since then the wrath has been incited not just on the continent but also closer to home. Chelsea have gone from the enemies of European football to the pariahs of the Premier League.

In November 2006, Graham Poll sent off Terry as Chelsea lost to Tottenham for the first time in 16 years. Terry accused the referee of changing his explanation over why he had shown the red card.
The delightful Ashley Cole chimed in, saying Poll had warned Chelsea players he wanted to ‘teach us a lesson’. A fortnight later, Chelsea withdrew the accusation and Terry was fined 10,000.

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Fast forward to May 2009, when Norwegian Tom Henning Ovrebo turned down four Chelsea penalty appeals. Admittedly, it was a shocking refereeing performance but not as wayward as the reaction of Drogba and Jose Bosingwa, who both turned on Ovrebo at the final whistle. Drogba screamed ‘It’s a f***ing disgrace’ into a television camera. Ovrebo was still being subjected to vile emails from Chelsea fans as late as this spring.

Last October after that infamous game against QPR, Chelsea were fined 20,000 for failing to control their players. Drogba and Bosingwa were dismissed in the first half. Manager Andre Villas-Boas called it a ‘very poor display’ — by the referee, that is, not his players.

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Sound familiar Chelsea retracted claims about comments by Graham Poll back in 2006

So back to Chelsea’s weasel words in response to the FA findings. They said: ‘Chelsea FC has a duty of care, as do all employers, to act responsibly when such allegations are reported by employees.’

It smacked of the usual one-eyed, self-serving nonsense that fails to acknowledge a wider obligation to football itself or the lightly trampled reputation of a blameless referee.

We are Chelsea. We snarl and we smear. Who says we should say sorry

Luiz Adriano scores controversial goal for Shakhtar Donetsk

Controversy! Shakhtar striker Luiz Adriano accused over unsporting goal in Norway

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21:53 GMT, 20 November 2012

Chelsea's Champions League group was enveloped in controversy on Tuesday night after Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano scored what could best be described as unsporting goal in the Ukrainian's win at FC Nordsjaelland.

After the referee stopped the action in midfield, he instructed Shakhtar to play the ball back to the home side's goalkeeper. Willian duly obliged, however his punt almost three-quarters the length of the pitch was intercepted.

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match in Norway

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match in Norway

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match in Norway

Seemingly unaware, Luiz Adriano raced clear of the bemused defence, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home, sparking a furious reaction from the Nordsjaelland players, and a muted celebration from the visitors.

Luiz Adriano did little to suggest he was aware of his wrongdoing, and the whole episode drew comparisons with an FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Sheffield United in 1999.

Then, newly-signed Nwankwo Kanu was at the centre of a storm after setting up Marc Overmars when the rest of the players had stopped to allow a throw-in to be played sportingly back to the Blades' goalkeeper, Alan Kelly.

The goal proved to be the match-winner, though Arsenal offered to replay the fixture, a game they promptly won 2-1.

In Ukraine, Luiz Adriano went on to bag two more
goals as his side ran out 5-2 winners to secure their place in the
knockout stages. Willian notched the others.

More to follow…

Cricket match-fixing: Sussex confirm 2011 approach

Sussex confirm their own players rejected bribe to fix CB40 match in 2011

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UPDATED:

01:13 GMT, 18 November 2012

Sussex have confirmed their players were offered money to fix a televised Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Kent in 2011.

The county carried out an internal investigation after several players were approached by phone, but found no evidence of wrongdoing and immediately reported their findings to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In a fix: Sussex, who play at the County Ground, Hove, have revealed their players rejected an approach to fix a match back in 2011

In a fix: Sussex, who play at the County Ground, Hove, have revealed their players rejected an approach to fix a match back in 2011

Sussex chief executive Dave Brookes said: ‘The players were approached via phone. They turned down the approach, contacted the club and informed us of it. It’s not something I’ve come across at Sussex in my time and we’ve had no reports since either.’

Kent beat Sussex by 14 runs in the game at Hove, which was televised live.

A Sussex statement added: ‘In conjunction with the ICC (International Cricket Council), a full investigation was undertaken with nothing untoward coming to light, and the club’s prompt action receiving praise.’

Essex pace bowler Mervyn Westfield was jailed for four months in February this year after admitting a corruption charge relating to a 2009 game against Durham in the same domestic competition.

Stephen Lee appeal against ban thrown out by WPBSA

Lee appeal against ban over suspicious betting patterns thrown out by WPBSA

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UPDATED:

16:41 GMT, 24 October 2012

Stephen Lee's appeal against the suspension he is currently serving has been dismissed by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

Lee last week challeged the ban imposed on him by the WPBSA while they investigate suspicious betting patterns in his Premier League Snooker match with John Higgins on October 11.

The 38-year-old from Trowbridge appointed Robert Englehart QC to call for the suspension to be lifted, but World Snooker released a statement saying the appeal had been dismissed.

Investigation: England's Stephen Lee was suspended 12 days ago

Investigation: England's Stephen Lee was suspended 12 days ago

'The suspension will remain in place until either the conclusion of the investigation or any resultant hearings,' it read.

Lee was suspended 12 days ago, the day after he lost 4-2 to Higgins and only a week after he was told he would not face criminal charges over match-fixing allegations dating back to 2010.

Lee's manager Adam Quigley said in the wake of the suspension that his client was 'devastated' by the decision to suspend him and that the player denied any wrongdoing.

John Terry racism trial: Chelsea captain back in court on day four

Terry back in court as trial over Ferdinand race row draws to a close

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11:09 GMT, 12 July 2012

John Terry was using 'straightforward racial abuse' against Anton Ferdinand rather than sarcastically repeating a racist slur, a court heard on Thursday.

Terry arrived at Westminster
Magistrates Court as he fights a racially aggravated public
order offence involving Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea captain wore a grey suit and tie matched with a white shirt on day four of his much-publicised trial.

Here we go again: John Terry arrives at court on Thursday morning for the fourth day of his trial

Here we go again: John Terry arrives at court on Thursday morning for the fourth day of his trial

Terry, 31, is accused of calling QPR
centre-half Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” during a Premier League
match on October 23 last year.

Terry denies any wrongdoing. A verdict is expected on Friday morning.

Making his closing speech at
Westminster Magistrates' Court, prosecutor Duncan Penny said on Terry's
account, Ferdinand had used the words “calling me a black c***”.

Terry claims that he simply repeated
back the slur that Ferdinand wrongly thought he had used, and denies a
racially aggravated public order offence.

This meant that Terry added the word “f******”, and had also used the word 'and' before the racial obscenity, Mr Penny said.

'If it's rhetorical repetition, why
does the word “and” feature at all Why are any other words spoken by Mr
Terry at all, beyond a black c***,” Mr Penny asked.

Centre of attention: Terry, who denies any wrongdoing, will hear the outcome of his trial on Friday morning

Centre of attention: Terry, who denies any wrongdoing, will hear the outcome of his trial on Friday morning

The pair had traded insults in the run-up to the alleged racist insult.

Ferdinand taunted Terry about his alleged affair with a team mate's ex-girlfriend, while Terry implied the QPR player had bad breath.

Mr Penny said: 'The words 'and' and 'f******' are Mr Terry's words and nobody else's,' he said. 'Are they simply a plain response, a retort, lashing out verbally just as Mr Terry did in the original exchange

'Just as he did with the hand over the mouth to imply bad breath, just as he did with the 'f*** off, f*** off' directed towards Mr Ferdinand, and finally, when he was fed up, he picked up on the topic of Mr Ferdinand's abuse, namely the (alleged) extra-marital affair, and retorted with 'and yours', or something to that effect, and straightforward racial abuse.'

Fellow defender: Terry's Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole turned up to give evidence on Wednesday

Fellow defender: Terry's Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole turned up to give evidence on Wednesday

He said it was unlikely that Ferdinand
would have had the 'motivation or frankly the sophistication' in the
heat of the moment to make up an allegation that Terry had used racial
abuse.

'A false allegation of racism would be
an accusation which involved more sophisticated thought processes than
had hitherto been going on, on that football pitch,' Mr Penny said.

He said Ferdinand would not be the first 'victim' who was reluctant to give evidence in court.

'What was in this for Anton Ferdinand
This case will follow him for the rest of his career. He made it clear
he did not wish to be here (in court), just like Mr (Ashley) Cole,' the
prosecutor said.

'Was it, in the case of Ferdinand,
because he had made a grave and false allegation against the England
captain You may wish to ask yourself the question, whether in truth he
was brave to give evidence in this trial'

Missing the action: Anton Ferdinand with QPR team-mates Fabio da Silva and Bobby Zamora at training on Wednesday

Missing the action: Anton Ferdinand with QPR team-mates Fabio da Silva and Bobby Zamora at training

Making his closing speech, George Carter-Stephenson QC, for Terry, said that the prosecution case was based on “speculation'.

He said: 'This is not a case about racism. The prosecution in cross-examination conceded that he is not a racist. There is an abundance of evidence in this case to prove that fact.

'The way that this case is put is that on this occasion Mr Terry completely lost his cool and made an inappropriate remark making reference to a physical characteristic of Mr Ferdinand, namely his colour, in response to words conceded to have been repeated taunts and insults referring to his alleged affair with Mr (Wayne) Bridges' partner.'

He told the court there was no direct evidence about what Terry had said, other than the Chelsea defender's own account.

Mr Carter-Stephenson said Ferdinand was 'inconsistent and unreliable both on words and events and could not satisfy the court to the criminal standard'.

He went on: 'No matter what the words actually were, if they were or may have been Mr Terry repeating back what he believed Mr Ferdinand had accused him of, then that's the end of this particular case.'

John Terry racism trial: Defender back for day two

Terry arrives back at court for day two of trial over Ferdinand race row

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09:18 GMT, 10 July 2012

John Terry is back at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday) for the second day of his trial.

Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence during a Premier League match on October 23 last year, which was broadcast to millions of people.

The 31-year-old allegedly called QPR defender Anton Ferdinand a 'f****** black c***'.

More to follow….

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

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

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

In the dock: John Terry listens as Anton Ferdinand takes the witness stand on Monday

In the dock: John Terry listens as Anton Ferdinand takes the witness stand on Monday

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

Carlos Bocanegra says Celtic will win SPL by Christmas

Celtic will win by Christmas! Furious Bocanegra blasts SPL for killing Scottish football

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22:12 GMT, 9 July 2012

Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra has accused the SPL of killing Scottish football — and tipped Celtic to wrap up next season’s title by Christmas.

The USA international captain returns to Glasgow on Friday to start pre-season training with newco Rangers but his future with the club remains shrouded in uncertainty.

In what could yet be a parting shot, the 33-year-old insisted he expects next season’s top flight to be so uncompetitive following the SPL clubs’ decision to exclude the newco that Neil Lennon’s team, the current champions, will retain their title in record time.

Furious: Carlos Bocanegra said Celtic could win the league by Christmas

Furious: Carlos Bocanegra said Celtic could win the league by Christmas

‘Celtic are going to win the league in December. It’s frustrating,’ said the American.

‘Sometimes, I don’t understand. The people in the league, they want to punish (Rangers) for wrongdoing, but then they are just hurting themselves.’

Referring to this Friday’s meeting of SFL clubs to decide on which league the newco will play in, Bocanegra added: ‘Hopefully, they don’t put them down there (to the Third Division) because I think that is going to set Scottish football back so far.

‘Rangers is such a big institution, such a big club. I love going to work there every day. It is seriously the coolest club that I have ever been a part of.’

Bocanegra is free, however, to leave Ibrox for no fee under the terms of the wage-cut agreement signed when the club went into administration in February.

At the weekend, he admitted he would consider a return to the MLS in his homeland after eight years away, with New England Revolution keen to land him.

He has already watched as Rangers’ biggest stars have walked away from Ibrox, including Steven Davis (Southampton), Steven Naismith (Everton), Allan McGregor (currently unattached), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City), Jamie Ness (Stoke City) and Kyle Lafferty (Sion).

Left and leaving: Players are abandoning Rangers

Left and leaving: Players are abandoning Rangers

But Bocanegra agreed with former
Rangers boss Walter Smith that no blame should be attached to those
players, whom he could shortly be joining, in heading through the Ibrox
exit door.

The defender added: ‘A lot of the
fans are now starting to turn on the players because that is all they
have left to get angry at. It is just a very tough and unfortunate
situation.

‘Anybody who is leaving Rangers or staying there, it’s just a personal decision for those guys. You can’t blame anybody.'

Bocanegra plans to seek an urgent meeting with boss Ally McCoist on his return from the United States this week.

He said: ‘I have got to explore my options. I need to speak with the manager, as well. We kept missing each other. It wouldn’t be fair to speak out of turn if I haven’t spoken to him yet.

Goodbye Bocanegra could leave Ibrox for the MLS

Goodbye Bocanegra could leave Ibrox for the MLS

‘I would never rule out this (MLS). I like the league. I started there. I think that it is a good league with stadiums like the one here (New England Revolution) and in Kansas City and New York.

‘It’s awesome how much the league has grown. It’s certainly not a second-tier league.’

Meanwhile, Portsmouth are lining up a deal for former Rangers midfielder Rhys McCabe, even though the Fratton Park club are themselves in administration and currently cannot sign any players as they are under a Football League transfer embargo.

But the club are hopeful that their troubles will soon be behind them and that they can land the promising young midfielder.

Meanwhile, international clearance has not been granted by the SFA yet for the five players — Naismith, Whittaker, Davis, Lafferty and Ness — who have found clubs since refusing to transfer their registrations to the newco club.

John Terry racism trial: Chelsea captain arrives at court for Anton Ferdinand showdown

Terry 'racially abused' Ferdinand after taunts over alleged affair, court hears

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UPDATED:

10:52 GMT, 9 July 2012

Trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court expected to last five days

Terry faces maximum fine of 2,500 but no prospect of jail

FA inquiry has been postponed until after criminal case

Chelsea captain and England international John Terry called Anton Ferdinand a racist obscenity in response to taunts about his alleged affair with a team-mate's ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.

The 31-year-old allegedly called QPR defender Ferdinand a 'f****** black c***'.

Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence during a Barclays Premier League match on October 23 last year, which was broadcast to millions of people.

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In the dock: The Chelsea captain arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday morning

In the dock: The Chelsea captain arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday morning

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Terry sat in the dock wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and pink tie.

The court heard that Terry told Ferdinand to 'f*** off” and also called him a “f****** k*******' as the pair exchanged insults.

Opening the prosecution, Duncan Penny
said: 'The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility
based on Mr Ferdinand's membership or presumed membership of a racial
group.

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

The court heard that Terry maintains he was only sarcastically repeating words that Ferdinand wrongly thought he had used.

Mr Penny said: 'The Crown alleges
that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being
made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the
well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate's
wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.'

No sentence: Terry doesn't face a jail term

No sentence: Terry doesn't face a jail term

He went on: 'The Crown's case is
that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and
that the term 'f****** black c***' was uttered as an abusive insult
demonstrating hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership of a racial
group.

'They were uttered by the defendant
in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital
affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a
perceived false allegation.'

Terry was allowed out of the dock into the well of the court to view footage of the alleged insult.

Before the case started, defence barrister George Carter-Stephenson QC asked for Terry to be allowed to sit beside him in the well of the court rather than in the dock.

District Judge Howard Riddle rejected the request.

Manchester United defender Rio
Ferdinand, controversially axed from Roy Hodgson's 23-man Euro 2012 squad,
tweeted support for his brother on Monday.

'Morning all! Frazzled head this morning, school run done! @anton_ferdinand head high bruv,' Ferdinand said.

Terry denies any wrongdoing and has
hired the services of experienced and highly respected QC, George
Carter-Stephenson, to lead his defence.

Terry was dropped as England captain
by the Football Association once his trial date was set for after Euro
2012, and that axing led to Fabio Capello's resignation as manager and
the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

Impressive: Terry starred for England at this summer's European Championships

Impressive: Terry starred for England at this summer's European Championships

Hodgson selected Terry in his squad
for the championship in Ukraine and Poland and the central defender
played in all four of England's games at the tournament before their
elimination on penalties by Italy.

The
Chelsea defender, who did not say anything when asked for comment on
his arrival at court, takes to the dock facing a maximum fine of 2,500
if he is found guilty. There is no prospect of any jail sentence. The
trial is expected to last for five days.

Police protection: Terry wore a pink tie and grey suit for the first day of his trial

Police protection: Terry wore a pink tie and grey suit for the first day of his trial

The case is being heard by Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle, and there is no jury.

Both television clips and unbroadcast footage of the incident, which would normally be used for training purposes, were shown to the court.

It is claimed that Ferdinand said something about 'shagging ya mate's missus' and made fist gestures, before Terry responded.

The
court was told that Chelsea team-mates Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel
were nearby when insults were traded, but they will not be called as
witnesses as part of the prosecution case.

Terry
said in a statement to the Football Association five days after the
incident that he and Ferdinand had been exchanging 'verbals' and he had
made a gesture to imply Mr Ferdinand had bad breath.

He said: 'We're still having a, sort of, ding-dong, if you like. That's when, as I said before, he said “black c***”.

'Now clearly, as I said before, I don't think he's calling me a black c***, but at the same time I take quite a strong offence.'

Centre of attention: Members of the media flocked to Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday

Centre of attention: Members of the media flocked to Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday

The England defender said he was not offended by the taunts about the alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, because 'it's not the first time I've heard it, so it's with a pinch of salt a little bit now'.

However he said he was angered by any accusation that he might have used a racist insult. After the match, which took place at QPR's ground Loftus Road, Terry asked a steward to get Ferdinand from the QPR dressing room.

Terry said in his statement: 'It's myself, Anton and Ash (Ashley Cole), nobody else, and I said to Anton, “was you accusing me of calling you a black c***”

'Frazzled head this morning. @anton_ferdinand head high bruv'
Rio Ferdinand on Twitter

'That was my exact words to him, and he said “No, not at all.”'

Later in the interview Terry added: 'I'm being honest and open with you guys, that I didn't mean it in the context that, if you watch the video and me, watching the video, you can quite easily say that doesn't look good.

'But at the same time, in the context of what I thought Anton accused me of, you know, no-one can argue what my feelings were at that time.'

Immediately after the match, Ferdinand did not think that Terry had used racist words, the court heard.

He said: 'It's handbags innit – it's what happens on the pitch', and the two shook hands. But later, Ferdinand's girlfriend showed him footage posted on YouTube, and he believed Terry had used the racist insult.

It is claimed that Ferdinand made a reference to 'shagging Bridge's missus' during the exchange.

In a statement made to police last November, Terry said he was offended by the accusation that he had used racist language.

He said his words to the other player were meant to make it clear that he had not used a racist insult, and that Ferdinand was a 'k*******' for thinking that he had.

The statement read: 'Whilst footballers are used to industrial language, using racist terms is completely unacceptable whatever (the) situation.

'I was completely taken aback by this remark as I have never been accused of something like that and I did not take his remark lightly at all, and took strong offence to his suggestion.'

Video: John Terry arrives and goes through security at Westminster Magistrates Court

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Lance Armstrong says USADA investigation is a "vendetta" against him on Twitter

Angry Armstrong says USADA investigation is a 'vendetta' against him in series of tweets

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 5 July 2012

Lance Armstrong has responded angrily to reports – criticised by the United States Anti-doping Agency – that his former team-mates have been handed six month suspensions in exchange for giving evidence in a doping case allegedly implicating the seven-time Tour de France champion.

Suggestions bans suspended until the end of the season have been issued to team-mates of Armstrong for giving evidence in the case have been dismissed by those allegedly involved and USADA, who last week confirmed they are to file formal doping charges against the Texan.

Armstrong repeatedly and strenuously denies any wrongdoing and described the investigation as a 'vendetta'.

Armstrong wrote on Twitter: 'So let me get this straight…come in and tell @usantidoping exactly what they wanted to hear…

Angry: Armstrong (right) has complained of a 'vendetta' against him

Angry: Armstrong (right) has complained of a 'vendetta' against him

'…in exchange for immunity, anonymity, and the opportunity to continue to race the biggest event in cycling..

'This isn't about @usantidoping wanting to clean up cycling – rather it's just plain ol' selective prosecution that reeks of vendetta.'

USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart criticised the speculation surrounding the case and insisted nothing has been determined and that no individual cases have been addressed.

In a statement, Tygart said: 'USADA's investigation into doping in the sport of cycling continues.

'No individual cases have been finalised, and any attempt to guess at whom potential witnesses might be only leads to inaccurate information being reported and subjects those named to unnecessary scrutiny, threats and intimidation.

'It is important to remember that the truth would often be suppressed without witnesses who at great cost to themselves are willing to tell the truth under oath about what they saw and experienced, and any attempt to circumvent the proper procedures in order to bully or silence people who may or may not be witnesses cannot be tolerated.'

Armstrong and USADA's responses came after the story broke in Europe before the start of the fifth stage of the Tour in Rouen.

Statement: Jonathan Vaughters faces the media

Statement: Jonathan Vaughters faces the media

Two of his former team-mates Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie ride for Garmin-Sharp, whose team boss Jonathan Vaughters, also a former team-mate of Armstrong's, gave short shrift to the claims.

Vaughters, chief executive of Slipstream Sports, the parent company of the Garmin-Sharp team, wrote on Twitter: 'Regarding the Dutch media report: No 6mos (sic) suspensions have been given to any member of Slipstream Sports. Today or at any future date.'

A Slipstream Sports statement added: 'Media reports of suspensions are untrue.

'As we have always said, we expect that anyone in our organisation who is contacted by any anti-doping or government authority will be open and honest with that authority, but, at this moment, we – our organisation, our riders and our staff – are focused on the Tour de France.'

George Hincapie is riding in a record 17th consecutive Tour, having been a team-mate of Armstrong in each of his seven triumphs, and is seeking to help BMC Racing team-mate Cadel Evans successfully defend the yellow jersey.

Former team-mate: George Hincapie in action on the fifth stage

Former team-mate: George Hincapie in action on the fifth stage

BMC Racing team president Jim Ochowicz said: 'We've not received any notification from any authority about this issue at all.'

Hincapie added: 'I'm just disappointed with this thing being brought up once again. BMC's got nothing to do with this. Cadel's focus is to try to win the Tour and I'm here to help him do that.

'I'll continue to do that and try not to let anything get in my mind besides that.'

Asked whether he has spoken to Armstrong recently, Hincapie added: 'I haven't in a while. I feel bad that he's going through all this. Lance has done so many things for the sport.'