Ex-England captain John Terry was moments ago found not guilty of “a racially aggravated public order offence” at Westminster Magistrates’ Court — after he insisted that words said to an opponent were “sarcastic”.
Terry was charged with having racially abused Queen’s Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand during a football match in October 2011, who claimed Terry called him a:
“f**ing black c**t”
His defence earlier in the week had acknowledged that he uttered the phrase, but claimed it was a “sarcastic exclamation“, merely repeating words said to him by Ferdinand.
Terry avoided a possible fine of £2,500, equivalent to two hours and thirty eight minutes worth of his salary.