John Terry awaits High Court verdict

Chelsea captain John Terry will find out the verdict of his court case on Friday, as the investigations came to a close on Thursday.

The England international centre-back is up in front of the Magistrates after Anton Ferdinand accused him of using racist language in a clash between the Blues and QPR back in October.

Terry maintains his innocence, stating that the Loftus Road man had heard what he said wrongly, and that he repeated what Ferdinand had said sarcastically.

The verdict will be released on Friday, with prosecutor Duncan Penny making his final speech on Thursday.

“If it’s rhetorical repetition, why does the word ‘and’ feature at all? Why are any other words spoken by Mr Terry at all?,” Sky Sports report the lawyer as saying.

“A false allegation of racism would be an accusation which involved more sophisticated thought processes than had hitherto been going on, on that football pitch.

“What was in this for Anton Ferdinand? This case will follow him for the rest of his career. He made it clear he did not wish to be here (in court), just like Mr (Ashley) Cole.

“Was it, in the case of Ferdinand, because he had made a grave and false allegation against the England captain?

“You may wish to ask yourself the question, whether in truth he was brave to give evidence in this trial?” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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