This Sunday will feature a bizarre sub-plot in the Premier League clash between rivals Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Something that would have seemed laughable ten years ago, a top flight English match will include a head-to-head between two players accused of racism.
John Terry, the Chelsea and current - supposedly rehabilitated - England captain was lip-read using the words "black c*nt" when apparently talking to Anton Ferdinand in a recent match versus Queens Park Rangers. Terry's defence initially, to me if no one else, seemed plausible. He had been accused of using racist language by Ferdinand and he was denying this forcefully...by perhaps foolishly quoting the words he had been accused of using.
The key to Terry's defence was that his opening words were unable to be lip-read on television as his face only moves into sight later on in the action. So he filled in the blanks for us. The issue came when Anton Ferdinand appeared to have no knowledge of any discussion with Terry.