'The Crown say that Mr Terry responded by aiming the words “fuck off, fuck off, yeah, yeah and you fucking black cunt, fucking knobhead”, and possibly one or more other words, at Mr Ferdinand.
The defendant does not deny that he used the words, “fuck off, fuck off”, “fucking black cunt” or “fucking knobhead”. His case is that his words were not uttered by way of abuse or insult nor were they intended to be abusive or insulting.
He says they were used after a perceived false accusation made by Mr Ferdinand, the accusation being to the effect that the defendant had used the term “black cunt” during their exchanges with each other. [The defence do not say whether Mr Ferdinand actually believed the defendant had used that expression or merely made the accusation in order to elicit a reaction.] Alternatively the case advanced on the defendant’s behalf is that although Mr Terry genuinely believes that Mr Ferdinand made a false allegation against him, nevertheless this could be a misunderstanding. '
Hands up who would have been able to keep a stright face through the judge reading that out?