Chelsea back John Terry over racism claims as police investigate
Tuesday 25 October 2011
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas today backed his captain John Terry in the
wake of an alleged racist slur against Anton Ferdinand.
Terry was waiting to hear if QPR defender Ferdinand would make a formal complaint about his altercation with the England skipper during Sunday's west London derby at Loftus Road.
Terry has categorically denied racially abusing Ferdinand, who he admitted had accused him of making a racist remark but insisted his own response was actually a denial.
Ferdinand has yet to come out in support of that chain of events, while the police confirmed they were investigating an anonymous complaint made against Terry.
But Villas-Boas said: "He has put out his statement and we fully back John.
"John is a player who (represents) this country to the highest level internationally.
"He is a player of great responsibilities."
He added: "He said to me the incident was a big misunderstanding.
"That's why he put his statement out straight away.
"I find it strange when people don't trust the words of a representative from your country."
Villas-Boas claimed Terry and Ferdinand cleared the air in the Chelsea dressing room after Sunday's game.
"Anton was present in our dressing room," he said.
"For us, it was end of story and it still is.
"It's just a misunderstanding and something blown out of all proportion.
"People who represent this country should have better and fuller support."
Villas-Boas added: "The clubs are in touch with each other.
"We have full backing for our player.
"The rest, we have to wait and see."
The Metropolitan Police stated they were "assessing" the complaint against Terry.
A police spokesman said: "We can confirm that police have been notified of an incident on Sunday 23 October involving alleged racial abuse.
"This is currently being assessed by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham."
Videos circulated on the internet in the aftermath of Sunday's game, with some claiming that footage showed Terry insulting Ferdinand using racist language.
Press Association Sport understands QPR were meeting Ferdinand today to discuss the matter.
The incident came in a bad-tempered west London derby which saw Chelsea duo Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba sent off as Heidar Helguson's eighth-minute penalty handed QPR their first win over their rivals for 16 years.
Terry said in a statement on Sunday: "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."
Terry looks unlikely to play in Chelsea's Carling Cup fourth-round tie at Everton tomorrow.
The defender played 90 minutes on Sunday in a game Chelsea spent more than half of down to nine men and is also one booking away from a suspension.
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