Chelsea defender is said to have exchanged insults with QPR player Anton Ferdinand during match last year
John Terry used a racist obscenity to Anton Ferdinand in response to taunts about his alleged affair with a team-mate's ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.
The 31-year-old Chelsea defender allegedly called Ferdinand, who plays for Queens Park Rangers, a "fucking black cunt".
Terry is accused of a racially aggravated public order offence during a Premier League match on 23 October last year, which was broadcast to millions of people.
Appearing at Westminster magistrates court, Terry sat in the dock wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and pink tie.
The court heard that Terry told Ferdinand to "fuck off" and also called him a "fucking knobhead" as the pair exchanged insults.
Opening the prosecution, Duncan Penny said: "The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership or presumed membership of a racial group."
The court heard that Terry maintains he was only sarcastically repeating words that Ferdinand wrongly thought he had used.
Penny said: "The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extramarital affair with a team-mate's wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand."
He went on: "The Crown's case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and that the term 'fucking black cunt' was uttered as an abusive insult demonstrating hostility based on Mr Ferdinand's membership of a racial group.
"They were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extramarital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation."
Terry was allowed out of the dock into the well of the court to view footage of the alleged insult.
Scores of the world's media had waited outside the court for Terry to arrive. He did not say anything when asked for a comment.
Terry faces a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted.
The case is expected to last five days and will be heard by the chief magistrate Howard Riddle and no jury. Read More
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