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John Tery denies racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

After the mental game that was Queens Park Rangers against Chelsea, we didn't think that football could wring any more controversy and incident from itself. However it turns out that we were wrong – dead wrong.

In the aftermath of QPR's shock victory, Chelsea captain John Terry was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. And although we can't publish what he allegedly said (you can find it on Twitter easily enough mind you), the England captain denied all the allegations, saying that he was telling Ferdinand that he didn't racially abuse him. Ferdinand meanwhile hasn't come out to say anything, so we don't actually know if that's the truth or not, so someone should definitely told the Twitterati to put their pitchforks down.

'I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in today's game,' said Terry. 'I'm disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand.

'I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term. I would never say such a thing and I'm saddened that people would think so. I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us.

'I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time.

'After the result today I am saddened to be dealing with these wrongful allegations. I am the proud captain of one of the most internationally diverse teams in the Premier League and I absolutely believe that there is no place for racism in sport and indeed in any walk of life.'

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