John Terry 'racially abused Anton Ferdinand when player mocked him over affair'
The former England skipper went on trial at Westminster Magistrates Court accused of a racially aggravated public order offence following an incident during a Premiership match between Chelsea and QPR at Loftus Road on October 23 last year.
Duncan Penny, prosecuting told the court Terry had directed racially offensive language towards his opponent after the pair clashed in the 85th minute of the West London derby.
He claimed Terry had reacted after Ferdinand taunted him over well-publicised claims that he had conducted an affair with former team-mate Wayne Bridge's partner.
Terry, 31, is accused of calling Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" in front of a television audience of 2 million people.
He has denied the allegations and claims he used the phrase in an ironic way after believing Mr Ferdinand had accused him of making a racist remark on the pitch.
Outlining his case at the start of a five day trial, Mr Penny said: "The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate's wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.
"The words he uttered included: "F*** off, f*** off…f****** black c***."
Mr Penny said Terry's case would be, that the words had been used by way of "sarcastic exclamation" or as an enquiry in relation to a perceived accusation of racism by Mr Ferdinand.