John Terry Finally Innocent Of SomethingBy: The Offside | July 13th, 2012
John Terry: excellent defender, questionable dude. Innocent (currently), but questionable.
As an important story necessary to keep journos busy from making up too much nonsense in the summer, the Terry-Ferdinand/Terry-Ferdinand race/Three Lions battles provided ample juice. Alas, it’s over and John has been acquitted of his charges, despite using the Luis Suarez Defense.
Which didn’t really work for Luis Suarez, ironically enough.
In his verdict, Riddle said there was “no doubt” that Terry had “uttered the words ‘fucking black cunt’” during the final stages of the match in question at Loftus Road last autumn. He had done so in anger, he said.
But, said Riddle, it was “impossible to be sure” both of what Terry said and what Ferdinand had said to him.
He concluded: “It is therefore possible that what he [Terry] said was not intended as an insult, but rather as a challenge to what he believed had been said to him. In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty.”
At some point in the very near future, clubs are going to outfit certain players with prophylactic muzzles. Terry and Suarez would be a good start.