Chelsea manager comments on John Terry race row

The issue of racism in football has reared its ugly head for the second week running in the Premier League, with John Terry having been accused of making a derogatory remark to Anton Ferdinand during QPR’s match against Chelsea on Sunday. While video footage suggests Terry might have some explaining to do, the Chelsea and England captain has maintained his…

The issue of racism in football has reared its ugly head for the second week running in the Premier League, with John Terry having been accused of making a derogatory remark to Anton Ferdinand during QPR’s match against Chelsea on Sunday.

While video footage suggests Terry might have some explaining to do, the Chelsea and England captain has maintained his innocence claiming that he was denying an accusation of racism at the time.

Andre Villas-Boas has backed his player in the incident, claiming that there was a misunderstanding in the matter.

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.”

The Chelsea manager will still have to deal with an FA charge after his players were charged with failing to stay under control during the 1-0 defeat at QPR which saw Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba sent off for the visitors.

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