Anton Ferdinand details dressing room chat with John Terry after racism incident

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Anton Ferdinand has recalled his exchange with John Terry immediately after he was racially abused during QPR's game with Chelsea in 2011.

Terry said the words "f***ing black c***" before the Chelsea defender came to see Ferdinand in the dressing room after the game.

But then-QPR captain Ferdinand was unaware of the racial abuse he had received and it took an encounter with his family before he learned what Terry had said.

While Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand in magistrates' court, the FA ruled the opposite, leading to a four-game ban and a £220,000 fine.

To be found guilty during criminal prosecutions, the jury would have had to be certain beyond reasonable doubt that Terry had committed the alleged offences.

The FA found Terry had racially abused Ferdinand
(Image: Andrew Tobin/Focus Images)

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But in civil cases, such as the FA's subsequent investigation, defendants are judged on the balance of probability.

The FA Commission concluded in their report of the incident that they were "quite satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that there [was] no credible basis for Mr. Terry's defence."

Chelsea had been reduced to nine men in the fiesty affair at Loftus Road, when Ferdinand tangled with Terry in the QPR box.

Recalling his version of events to The Guardian , Ferdinand said: "John came up for a long throw and I eased him out of the way. He fell theatrically to try and get a penalty and I turned round and said: ‘Get up, you’re bigger than me.’ He ran and barged me, so I barged him back."

Ferdinand says he "didn’t hear anything at the time"
(Image: Javier Garcia / BPI)

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At that point the game was brought to a halt, as the two players came face to face and were involved in a heated exchange, before the game restarted with a QPR free-kick.

"John jogs back into his position and then he said whatever he said while the [television] camera panned on him," Ferdinand continued. "I didn’t hear anything at the time. I was back in the game. We went on to win [1-0] and I was buzzing.”

He added: “We had a chat in the dressing room. He [Terry] asked if I’m OK. I said: ‘Yeah, I’m fine’, oblivious to what had gone on. I embraced him and then went upstairs.

"My family were in a box and I walked in with a spring in my step. I was so happy. It was very quiet and my mum said: ‘Anton, are you all right?’ My wife went: ‘Are you OK?’ I said: ‘Yeah, we just beat Chelsea!’

"My mum said: ‘Did John Terry racially abuse you, Anton?’ I said: ‘No.’ My wife went: ‘You’d better look at this.’

"She handed me the phone. I see [Terry clearly saying the offensive words], give it back and go to walk downstairs. The only person who could have stopped me that day was my mum.”

Terry later admitted in court to using the word "black" along with swear words, but claimed he was only repeating an accusation someone had raised against him.

Ferdinand said his "blood was boiling" after seeing the footage but his mother stopped him from confronting Terry there and then by saying: "I know what you want to do but now is not the time."

Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me airs on BBC One on Monday at 9pm.

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