JOHN Terry has categorically denied making a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's west London derby defeat at QPR.
Videos have circulated on the internet in the aftermath of yesterday's Premier League match at Loftus Road, with some claiming the footage shows Blues captain Terry insulting Rangers defender Ferdinand with racist language.
But Terry said: “I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me in today's game.
“I'm disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Ferdinand.
“I thought Anton was accusing me of using a racist slur against him. I responded aggressively, saying that I never used that term.
“I would never say such a thing, and I'm saddened that people would think so.
“I have known Anton for a long time and spoke to him about it after the game and there was no problem between us.
“I congratulated him on their win. He has not accused me of any wrongful remark. It was clear it was all a misunderstanding at the time.
“I am the proud captain of one of the most internationally diverse teams in the Premier League and I absolutely believe that there is no place for racism in sport and indeed in any walk of life.”
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas could find himself in hot water with the English FA this morning following his outspoken attack on referee Chris Foy.
A seething Villas-Boas admitted last night “I really don't care” if Foy reported him to the FA for losing it with the official after the Blues' dramatic and controversial west London derby defeat at QPR.
Villas-Boas revealed he was “very aggressive” with Foy upon accosting him post-match at Loftus Road, and accused the referee who sent off two of his players of failing to treat both teams equally.
“I'm not happy with the difference of treatment – I don't think the same treatment was applied,” said Villas-Boas, who hit out at what he claimed was the unfair treatment of his side this season.
“Three of the games played by Chelsea were influenced by the referee, and this is not Premier League level.
“You have to trust human error, but it's a big pattern for us. Things are not going our way.”
QPR won the game |1-0 thanks to a Heidar Helguson penalty that was awarded for a daft David Luiz challenge in the eighth minute.
Foy then controversially sent of Jose Bosingwa for a last-man challenge and was left with no choice but to dismiss Didier Drogba for a two-footed lunge.
He booked seven more Chelsea players, meaning the club can expect an FA fine.
Villas-Boas had no problem with the penalty or Drogba dismissal but insisted Bosingwa should not have gone for a last-man challenge as John Terry was in a position to cover.
He also claimed his own side should have had a spot-kick for a tug on Lampard and hailed them for their performance with nine men.
“We were superior throughout the game, even with nine men – the best opportunities fell to us,” he said after watching his side blow the chance to leapfrog Manchester United and cut the six-point gap to Manchester City.
QPR manager Neil Warnock said: “It's the greatest day of my career, because of the importance to the fans.
“They'll be talking about this in 30 or 40 years.”