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John Terry a racist? Absolutely not

John Terry a racist? Absolutely not

In the last few days, nasty allegations were going around that suggested that John Terry is racist. We are happy to state that this is not the case.

The allegations appeared in that bastion of fact, the Daily Express. It was picked up by The Voice, a newspaper for Britain`s Afro-Carribean community. Under the headline 'Here we go again`, and the sub-headline 'The football story that nobody wants to talk about`, the paper said that 'a high-profile England international has been accused of making a deeply-disparaging racist remark toward a fellow player.` Carefully hiding behind 'legal reasons` for not naming the players involved it stated that 'the football fraternity is both aware and shocked over the alleged incident, which is said to have taken place during a Premiership match in London recently.`

Picking up on the story, the Daily Telegraph embellished it by adding that '... all the players involved are believed to be keen to see the matter kept under wraps`. Clearly concerned at the facts, The Telegraph added England Manager Steve McClaren is facing an off-the-field crisis. And, as the Express says, 'such is the seriousness of the accusation that it threatens to eclipse all the other issues McClaren has had to endure in such a short space of time as England boss`.

An incident which took place during a Premiership match in London? That wouldn`t be the incident whereby Graham Poll gave John Terry a second yellow card in the match against Spurs, and sent off Chelsea`s and England`s captain?

The rumour that the incident was accompanied by a 'racist incident` started a few days after the game. Spurs fansites asked why it was that the Spurs players reacted so strongly. According to their analysis, it was strange that John Terry was surrounded by so many black players. And that JT walked off without protest, as if he knew that he`d done wrong. Apparently, the behaviour of Chelsea`s black players was further proof.

Spurs sites clearly believed as fact the idea that JT had made a racist comment to Ledley King. Rio Ferdinand was called as a witness: the forgetful defender has claimed in the past that the England team contains a 'known racist`. Spurs fans had little incentive to consider this as further proof. One site added that John Terry had racially insulted Samuel Eto`o in 2004. Unbelievable. The particular allegation that Eto`o was racially abused was thoroughly investigated by Chelsea and was subsequently proven to be completely false. Besides, and Eto`o accused a Chelsea steward, not the Chelsea captain. Nevertheless, this was added to JT`s rapsheet.

It is sad that a scurrilous rumour made the newspapers and has been presented as fact. Whilst no names are presented, everybody understood that the incident in question was the one in the Spurs game, and that the player who was slurred as a racist was John Terry.

And on what evidence? That presented is worse than circumstantial: just because the explanation that JT made a racist remark fits vaguely with what people observed is not proof that that was what actually happened. The fact that there were a number of black players who reacted during the incident is just a reflection of the ethnic mix of both Spurs and Chelsea. In addition, we really have to ask if there would be such a cover-up. If John Terry was a 'known racist`, would he have been made England captain?

Would he have been made Chelsea captain, for that matter? Chelsea is a team that has even more of an ethnic mix than most other Premiership sides. Doubtless supporters of other teams will provide us with evidence to the contrary; that is not important: Chelsea are a multi-ethnic team, and John Terry is their captain. That is the same John Terry who rose through the ranks of amateur football through non-League side Senrab, a club that is well-known for being a team where most of the players are non-white. And he was made captain under the reign of Ken Bates. Whatever you can say about Ken Bates, one thin in his favour is that he worked tirelessly for Chelsea to shed its image of a club that was indulgent on racism. John Terry a racist? All the firm evidence points to the contrary.

And would there be such a cover-up? Would Spurs participate in a cover-up rather than defend their own captain from what would, if it was true, a very serious insult? Why on earth would Spurs do that.

Nevertheless, a certain volume of slur was being hurled at JT, creating a rather unpleasant aura, not to mention doubt.

With that in mind, we are happy that Spurs have cleared up something. The following is from Donna Cullen, Spurs Director of Communications, whenasked by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, about the Terry incident:

'Dear xxxx, I am happy to, unequivocally, tell you that there was absolutely nothing said on the pitch of a racist nature. We certainly would not cover up any racist incident. It was a nasty, unsupported rumour which started doing the rounds in the press, who themselves now admit it was wrong information. Having spoken to at least two of the players involved I am quite clear that this is total nonsense and I should be grateful if you could pass this on to whoever is still minded to believe there is any truth in it.

Best regards, Donna'

We hope that that puts an end to such unpleasant rumours: if there was an incident at a 'Premiership match in London`, it wasn`t involving John Terry. That is, if the rumour is nothing more than an unsubstantiated smear.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday November 15 2006
Time: 4:21PM


i read everything and i must admit, it made very very interesting readin dressed up in a quite factual way.. even involving rio's book too. but let us consider that this sort of thing is a load of rubbish, half the chelsea players would refuse to play with him if it was the case, rio wouldn't have had him on his awful wind up programme.. my opinion is that Graham Poll should of come out on TV and said exactly why he sent him off in the first place thus quashing any such silly rumours, which seemed to come from spurs fans after they had beaten chelsea convincingly and didn't need to stoop to such low levels.
15/11/2006 16:33:00
Trouble is, mud sticks and for some, inexplicable reason, people (often educated people at that) do believe what they read in the gutter Press.
15/11/2006 16:36:00
And the irony of The Vioce claiming cover up then not naming names.....
15/11/2006 16:39:00
Your right SpanishBlue, just look at that well known gay icon Le Saux and how that followed him round despite the fact that he clearly wasn't.
15/11/2006 16:40:00
never knew the telegraph or the express were gutters , i just thought the sun and mirror and more likely the people were the gutter press.. and why should mid stick, have there been reports liek this before ?
15/11/2006 16:40:00
Have you read the broadsheets lately? They really are no better than the tabloids (Page 3's not even worth a cheeky glance!). Sadly the motto of the Press in general just seems to be "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story", doesn't really matter who you trample over in the process (remember all that stuff about Cuducini?).
15/11/2006 16:46:00
Rio has said there is a racist in the England camp. doesn't mean it's Terry though!! Something got Tottenhams King, Chimbonda and Zokora going loopy though, that much can't be denied!!
15/11/2006 16:53:00
JT is innocent! Everyone knows it!
15/11/2006 16:55:00
innocent until proven guilty.. although you have to question why king and co did do a mental... maybe he just called them cheats ?
15/11/2006 17:19:00
or told them what his weekly wage was gonna be :-)
15/11/2006 17:23:00
King actually didn't go mental was the other two!
15/11/2006 22:10:00
a good article on a very difficult subject...the press again by the look of things are stoking things up so that the truth will be very hard to find..if they have hard facts they should be publishing them outright....
15/11/2006 22:12:00
I, as a Spurs fan, am happy to accept what THFC have said. However I think what happened is a general sympton of what is currently wrong with football. The ref makes a decision and is immediately verbally abused or surrounded. Didn't they introduce the ten yard rule or something .. they should have the same rule as in Rugby. The ref makes a decision and that is final. The captain is allowed to ask for clarification about the decision. Any other player arguing and the penalty award is moved 10yds forward. Any foul and abusive language directed at the ref and the player gets a yellow card and a cooling off period in the sin bin. In football this would speed up the game and have the ball in play, something we all pay to see. I mean, how many times have you actually seen a ref change his mind?
16/11/2006 09:03:00
Agree Sir Harry. The did have a ten yard rule for dissent a couple of seasons back but ditched the idea. I think the FA are afraid that if they introduced such rules the immediate future would see games ending as five asides. Al though in the long term this would improve things I’d be happy to see such rules introduced. As for ref changing minds. Was it D’Urso or Halsey in charge of Fulham v Arsenal a couple of seasons back when he awarded the Flumps a definite pen. At the time of the foul none of the Flumps protested or called for a pen but half a dozen Goons went nuts complaining that it was a wrong decision. So he changed his mind and said he thought he must have made a wrong decision because no Flump players claimed for a pen!! With reefing like that is it any wonder players try it on?
16/11/2006 09:45:00
But you're silly club
Blog Head
16/11/2006 10:09:00
We don't need to defend JT. He doesn't need it. If I am a racist, I would find it very hard to play with 'darker' team mates. The fact that many Chelsea players are black proves that there is no such thing. Moreover, team mates would not be happy with him. Neither would JM. I don't have the power or the dough but if there is someone out there who could, please sue the fella who came up with such stories or insinuations.
16/11/2006 10:15:00
ok, why not introduce the Rugby League rule where players are put on report? If they are found by a panel convened that evening to have deserved a yellow card then that goes on their record. If their conduct merits a red, they are banned for the next game. There is enough squad depth to cover these absenses but a player would think twice about it. Players are paid too much for fines to have any impact. An example - if a ref is surrounded by 3 players none of who is the captain, arguing a decision, they go on report. If they do it twice in the game, they get a retrospective red card and miss the next game. If its decreed that only the captain can discuss things with the ref, there would be no issue about guilt or innocence. Overnight it would stop this happening. The same could apply with diving. FIFA/UEFA/TheFA want to cut this behaviour out .. here's how.
16/11/2006 10:21:00
Silly Billys
Blog Head
16/11/2006 10:34:00
Sir Harry, you’re preaching to the converted. I personally would welcome a strait yellow for a player, other than those involved in the incident or the team captain, who question the ref rather than retrospective action. But as I say the FA haven’t the gut to put it in place because the likes of Rooney, and other start players who have temper problems would miss half a season before the messages sinks in. And I’m defo in favour of retrospective action against diving.
16/11/2006 11:04:00
I think chelsea players should start the game with a yellow, simply for playing for a silly club
Blog Head
16/11/2006 11:29:00
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