Chelsea's John Terry used racially offensive language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during last October's west London derby – a court has heard.
In a trial at West London Magistrates Court, it has been alleged that Terry told the QPR defender to: “F*** off, f*** off... f***ing black c***, f***ing k***head” during the match at Loftus Road on 23 October last year.
Terry denies the allegations: saying the words were used, but meant as a sarcastic response to what he perceived to be a false allegation of racism.
The court heard that the alleged exchange happened towards the end of a high-tempered QPR v Chelsea Premier League match, when Chelsea were 1-0 down and reduced to nine players.
Video footage of the match from several angles was shown to the court – including non-broadcast material supplied by Chelsea Football Club, intended for later use in training sessions.
Terry sat in the dock of the court, dressed in a grey suit, white shirt, and pink tie: remaining straight-faced throughout.
Standing in the witness box, Mr Ferdinand was asked whether he had levelled a false allegation of racial abuse against Terry to 'get a rise' out of the Chelsea player – something Mr Ferdinand strenuously denied.
The court heard that Mr Ferdinand was called to visit the Chelsea dressing room after the match, where he met Terry – and that the pair parted on good terms.
Only later, when Mr Ferdinand saw footage of the alleged incident on the Youtube website, did he say he became incensed by the perceived slur.
Terry, 31, of Oxshott, Surrey, denies a racially aggravated public order offence.
The case continues.