Having been acquitted of the non-crime of mouthing a racial expletive that nobody actually heard, footballer John Terry has been charged by the sport's ruling body with using insulting words, but should this nonsense ever have happened?
The full charge is that: "It is alleged that Terry used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, contrary to FA rules".
Some would call this double jeopardy in view of the aggravation and waste of public money his highly publicised trial caused.
Shortly after this case was reported on this website, the current writer was contacted by an individual who claimed to be a Chelsea fan. This week we met in London, and he is indeed not simply a Chelsea fan but a shareholder in Chelsea Pitch Owners, though he wishes to remain anonymous.
He has met John Terry on several occasions, and is not exactly a fan. According to him, the entire business was a set up: "This was an establishment stitch up designed to get money out of Terry for the legal profession. Amazed he got off".
And the incident itself?
"An off duty police officer watching television made a complaint and was not held accountable and could give no evidence. Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton Ferdinand did not speak to the police but got their publicity man to pressurise them in a desperate attempt to have Terry charged with something. This would ensure Rio Ferdinand would get the England captaincy, whether Terry said it or not. If the police did not act, they would go to the press. The two men use the same agent. At the trial, a police officer said the decision to charge Terry was down to the CPS".
If this sounds like a conspiracy theory, it is a lot more plausible than some of the false flag rubbish peddled by the 9/11 Truth Movement. Conspiracies are usually grubby little affairs involving financial aggrandisement, or in this case, prestige.
Later, Rio Ferdinand referred to the black Chelsea player Ashley Cole on Twitter as a Choc Ice. This is supposed to be construed as a racial insult, ie brown on the outside, white on the inside.
Incredibly, Derbyshire Police said they were investigating this comment.
Cole's "crime" in Rio Ferdinand's eyes is not that he "acts white" but that he testified for Terry. Reading between the lines, Cole - and probably every other Chelsea player - knew what was going on.
It would have been entirely proper for the FA to charge Terry, if the so-called victim had complained, or if this comment had been made in a public place and heard by a member of the public, and brought the game into disrepute, but this sort of nonsense has no place in a criminal court.
Probably the most laughable thing about this whole affair is that the phrase which no one heard but which was deemed so derogatory and offensive - "you f*****g black c**t" (no obscenity here) was used no less than NINE times in the not guilty judgment by the District Judge.
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