Ferdinand Reveals Guilt At Not Speaking Out During Racism Case Against John Terry

Anton Ferdinand has spoken about the guilt he felt at not speaking out during his high-profile racism case against John Terry.

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The former West Ham, QPR and Sunderland defender has opened up about the case for the first time in the BBC documentary Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me.

Then-Chelsea and England captain Terry was accused of using racist language during a Premier League match between QPR and Chelsea on October 23, 2011.

Although Terry was acquitted in a criminal case related to the incident, after it was judged it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt the words were spoken as abuse, a Football Association independent disciplinary panel, working to a lower threshold, did find him guilty.

As a result, Terry was then banned for four matches and fined £220,000.

While Ferdinand did not hear the words at the time, the defender was advised not to comment on the incident publicly while also suffering a torrent of racist abuse online – something he regrets not speaking out about at the time.

“I still carry a feeling of letting people down for not speaking up,” Anton Ferdinand said. “I still feel guilt and it eats away at me more than anything and I don’t know how to get rid of it.

“At the time I was angry more than anything and I knew that because I was angry, if I spoke out about it then I would have become a stereotype of a young black man who fires from the hip and shouts his mouth off.”

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