Footballer John Terry was goaded about an alleged affair before throwing a racist insult at Anton Ferdinand, a court heard on Monday.
Chelsea and England defender Terry, 31, is accused of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during a Premier League match last year.
Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Terry sat in the dock wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and pink tie. The court heard that Terry told Queens Park Rangers player Ferdinand to "f*** off" and also called him a "f****** k*******" as the pair exchanged insults.
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