Following allegations made against John Terry over words spoken to Queen’s Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on Sunday, Andre Villas-Boas has announced that the Chelsea captain has the club’s full support.
Terry issued a statement strongly denying the allegations immediately after they came to light following the match and on Tuesday afternoon Villas-Boas spoke on behalf of the club on the matter.
“John Terry has put out his statement and we fully back him,’ he said.
‘He is confident about it and he spoke to Anton after the game. Anton was present in our dressing room and for us it was an end of story. It is just a great misunderstanding and it is blown out of all proportion.
‘The clubs are in touch with each other and for us the matter is over. We fully back the player.
‘John Terry represents his country at the highest level, internationally, and people who represent their country should have fuller support, instead of stories based on speculation.”
Terry’s statement on Sunday read as follows:
“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.
‘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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By Clare Smith