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Chelsea captain John Terry 'saddened' by claims of racial slur against QPR's Anton Ferdinand

Blues defender claims he did not hurl racist abuse at the Hoops defender during his side's 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road, and says there are "no problems" between the two

Chelsea's John Terry has denied that he made racist comments towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to the Premier League new boys.

The Blues had plenty of problems to deal with as Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba were both sent off and Heidar Helguson's penalty condemned the visitors to defeat.

But there was a further fall out as internet videos of Terry seemingly shouting at Ferdinand circled the internet, with some claiming the England defender hurled racist abuse at the Hoops man.

But Terry said in a statement: "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 Anton 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.

"After the result today, I am saddened to be dealing with these wrongful allegations.

"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."

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