John Terry denies Carlton Cole claims over Anton Ferdinand

John Terry denies Carlton Cole allegations that he admitted calling Anton Ferdinand a ‘f***ing black c***’ in ‘a moment of madness’ in a phone call in the immediate fall-out of the former Chelsea captain’s racism row

  • In 2011, John Terry was alleged to have called Anton Ferdinand a ‘black ****’
  • The incident took place in a match between Chelsea and QPR at Loftus Road 
  • Carlton Cole has claimed he was in touch with both players on the same evening
  • According to Cole, Terry called the striker to get Ferdinand’s phone number
  • Ferdinand described the incident to Cole as ‘bang out of order’ that evening
  • Terry says Cole’s claims are false and never happened – and he was cleared of the allegations in court

John Terry has strongly denied allegations from Carlton Cole that he confessed to calling Anton Ferdinand a ‘f****** black c***’  in an infamous incident in 2011.

Cole claimed on Monday that Terry privately described his alleged racial slur against Ferdinand in 2011 as ‘a moment of madness’ in the immediate aftermath of the incident. 

Former Chelsea captain Terry was alleged to have racially abused QPR defender Ferdinand during a match at Loftus Road in October 2011, which the England defender denied at the time and was subsequently found not guilty of in court.  

Carlton Cole says John Terry told him his Anton Ferdinand incident was ‘a moment of madness’

Terry (third left) was alleged to have called Ferdinand (far left) ‘a f***ing black c***’ back in 2011. Terry denies Cole’s new claims, and that he had racially abused Ferdinand

But reopening old wounds in a revelatory interview, then-West Ham striker Cole has claimed that he spoke to both Terry and Ferdinand on the same day as the incident and even asked the Chelsea defender to explain his actions. 

Cole told Stoppage Time TV: ‘I grew up with JT and I didn’t see that side of him. I was disappointed so I phoned him and I said: “Why did you do that?”

‘He said: “It was a moment of madness, I don’t know why I did that.” 

‘I said: “You can’t explain yourself so just leave it.”‘ 

Terry’s statement read: ‘John Terry refutes in the strongest possible terms the allegations that are made against him by Carlton Cole. They are false and never happened and Mr Terry has previously been cleared of these allegations in an English Court of Law. 

‘Never before has Carlton Cole mentioned this to Mr Terry or raised any issue of this type with him, the FA or the police. The reason for that is because the words were not said.’ 

The incident saw Terry (above) stripped from the role as England captain in early 2012

The incident led to Terry being stripped of the England captaincy in 2012, which led to the resignation of Fabio Capello as Three Lions manager just months before the European Championships that summer. 

In July of the same year, Terry was found not guilty of racism by the Westminster Magistrates Court but the Football Association opted to hold a private investigation into the incident away from criminal proceedings.

In September 2012, Terry was found guilty of racism by the FA and was fined and banned for four matches. 

Cole also claimed that he saw the alleged victim Ferdinand on the same day as the incident, but that he was not interested in hearing an apology from Terry.  

The former striker continued: ‘I was going to meet Anton after the game and I was heading to the hotel to meet Ashley Cole for someone’s birthday party. I’m in the car downstairs at Mayfair and I get a phone call from JT.  

Terry (above) was found not guilty by criminal law but the FA did later find him guilty of racism

‘He told me: “Carlton, I need to speak to Anton. Are you seeing him tonight?” 

‘I said: “I am actually, he is going to the same gaff I am.”

‘He wanted to apologise to Anton, that’s what the call was about. He wanted Anton’s number and that’s why I gave it to him.

‘I saw him (Anton) later on and he wasn’t having it. (He said:) “I’m done with that, bang out of order.”‘

Cole (L) claimed that Terry (R) called him shortly after the incident to get Ferdinand’s number

Cole also alleged that Ferdinand (above) described the incident as ‘bang out of order’

Like Terry, Cole came through the Chelsea academy in the late 1990s and the pair played alongside each other at Stamford Bridge in the early 2000s. 

Cole then went to join West Ham in 2006 where he linked up with Ferdinand, with the Hammers duo also knowing each other from England Under-21s duty. 

The former forward maintained that he was surprised that Terry was involved in such a scandal due to their close relationship growing up.  

Cole (left) came through the Chelsea youth ranks with Terry (centre) in the late 1990s

Cole (second right) also knows Ferdinand (third right) from their time together at West Ham 

Cole said: ‘At Chelsea, when I came through he (Terry) was my boy, I liked him.

‘He used to look after me. Even his dad knew my uncle who used to take me to football and they got along. 

‘But it’s (about) education and understanding. What he went and done was go and state the obvious and used the ‘c’ word with it.

‘It surprised me because I hadn’t seen that side of him before. I knew he had other scandals, but when I saw it I was like “wow”. 

Terry is now working as an assistant manager at Aston Villa, while 35-year-old Ferdinand is without a club after leaving St Mirren in 2019.  

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