I don’t like John Terry much. Not only is he a fouling, moaning, constantly getting at a referee kind of player, but he also plays for Chelski (owned by sinister oligarch)… so I’d be first to say he’s a racist.
‘John Terry you’re a racist playing for a diabolical team and you’re a bit too slow now to play for England,’ see it’d be easy to do.
The major problem with saying such a thing is that the pesky evidence doesn’t really support it (the racist bit anyway). Certainly from what I’ve seen of the video evidence (which has now been removed from Youtube) it doesn’t and most definitely this whole episode has become more blown up and ridiculous than – insert - various mind-numbing soap or trial of pretty/mental American in an Italian court.
The thing is I’m no lip reading specialist, but then chances are neither are you or half the people saying John Terry called Anton Ferdinand a “black” bastard. The other thing is the camera angle of the footage, still probably floating about somewhere, is obscured by Ashley Cole. Therefore the explanation that Terry said Blind and not Black fits just as nicely/plausibly (more so) and also makes sense if John Terry was implying Ferdinand is blind due to his pretending not to have seen the two red card incidents. Of course it’s usually the referee who gets called blind and I’m not even entirely sure why being blind is such a negative really. It’d probably be favourable than having to look at John Terry or Anton Ferdinand’s ugly mugs.
There is a semi-serious point to all this though, after all this is a case of reverse discrimination, a familiar assumption that because John Terry is white, working class and a bit of a gobshite he is also a racist. Look on social media and you will see so many have been quick to label him so and it all seems odd because he plays for a team with several black players.
‘Some of my best “players” are black.’
I’m not sure yelling you ‘black bastard’ in ear shot of Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba (on the bench), or the other predominantly black players on his own team would go down well in the dressing room, even if John Terry secretly was leader of a new wave shout at all black people Nazi party.
Ultimately, what’s much clearer is he certainly called Anton a “knobhead”… which, for anyone who watches or knows a little about Anton Ferdinand is probably fair comment, well, on the balance of things? I mean that’s even despite John Terry being total knobhead himself and being completely wrong about the two sending offs and the penalty. Perhaps that’s the real story here… referee gets decisions right and football is shown to be a complete pantomime… yet again?
Written by Tom Conrad!