Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho defends Chelsea captain John Terry
Jose Mourinho jumps to the defence of John Terry after he was punished by the FA over Anton Ferdinand incident
Jose Mourinho has defended Chelsea centre-half John Terry after the former England international was found guilty of using racially abusive language towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.
The FA banned Terry for four games and fined the Blues skipper £220,000 following a four-day hearing, despite the 31-year-old being cleared of racially abusing the QPR defender by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in July.
Mourinho, who was Chelsea’s manager from 2004 until 2007, insisted Terry is not racist and the former England skipper got on well with all the members of the Blues squad.
“He’s not a racist – that’s 100 per cent” Mourinho told CNN. “We had a squad where we had 12 African players in the squad. It was a fantastic squad and he always had a great relationship with every one of them.
“But in football it can happen during a match, because football sometimes is more than a game and sometimes you have reactions that don’t represent what you are really.
“Probably he had a racist comment or attitude against an opponent. Sometimes in football we do things the wrong way. If he had that reaction he should pay – but please don’t say he’s a racist. [Didier] Drogba, [Claude] Makelele…all of them will say he’s not a racist.
“I never felt it [racism] in my dressing room. And I have always had African players in every one of my teams.”