Villas-Boas backs troubled skipper Terry
Chelsea boss Villas-Boas furious as police, FA launch probe against Terry after racism claims
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas yesterday backed his captain John Terry in the wake of an alleged racist slur against Anton Ferdinand. Terry was waiting to hear if QPR defender Ferdinand would make a formal complaint about his altercation with the England skipper during Sunday's west London derby at Loftus Road.
Under fire: Chelsea skipper John Terry. Pic/Getty Images
Terry has categorically denied racially abusing Ferdinand, who he admitted had accused him of making a racist remark but insisted his own response was actually a denial. Ferdinand has yet to come out in support of that chain of events, while the police confirmed they were investigating an anonymous complaint made against Terry. But Villas-Boas said: "He has put out his statement and we fully back John.
"John is a player who (represents) this country to the highest level internationally. He is a player of great responsibilities. He said to me the incident was a big misunderstanding. That's why he put his statement out straight away. I find it strange when people don't trust the words of a representative from your country."
Villas-Boas claimed Terry and Ferdinand cleared the air in the Chelsea dressing room after Sunday's game. "Anton was present in our dressing room," he said. "For us, it was end of story and it still is.
A police spokesman said: "We can confirm that police have been notified of an incident on Sunday 23 October involving alleged racial abuse. Terry looks unlikely to play in Chelsea's Carling Cup fourth-round tie at Everton today.
Meanwhile, The Football Association have also launched an investigation into the matter An FA statement read: "The FA can confirm it has received a complaint relating to an alleged incident of racist abuse in the QPR versus Chelsea fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011. The FA will now begin to make enquiries into this matter.
"The FA takes seriously any allegations of discrimination and abuse of this type."