Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Police quiz Terry over 'race slur'

Chelsea footballer John Terry (right) speaks with QPR's Anton Ferdinand during the controversial game at Loftus Road

Footballer John Terry has been interviewed under caution about an alleged racist slur towards Anton Ferdinand, police sources have confirmed.

The Chelsea and England star has denied making the alleged comments to the Queens Park Rangers defender during a Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road last month.

Scotland Yard said officers were looking into the incident and that a 30-year-old man was interviewed under caution on Friday.

A force spokesman added: "Police were notified of an incident on Sunday 23 October involving alleged racial abuse. This is currently being assessed by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham."

Videos of the alleged incident circulated on the internet in the aftermath of last month's game, with some claiming the footage shows Terry insulting the QPR player using racist language.

The west London derby saw The Hoops convert a penalty to give them their first win over their arch-rivals for 16 years.

Shortly after the allegations were made, Terry issued a statement saying: "I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me during the game.

"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 would never say such a thing, and I'm saddened that people would think so."

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