LONDON — Chelsea defender Ashley Cole defended captain John Terry against accusations of racism on the third day of his teammate's trial, saying Wednesday that the case should never have come to court.
Terry is accused of calling Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand a "black (expletive)" in a racially-aggregated verbal attack during a match after being goaded over an alleged affair.
Terry lost the England captaincy for the first time in 2010 when allegations surfaced he had an affair with the ex-girlfriend of then England-teammate Wayne Bridge.
Cole took to the stand to say he heard Ferdinand say "Bridgey," "black" and the expletive. But Cole, who is black, said he never heard Terry's response at Loftus Road and insisted that his teammate is not racist.