Mourinho: Terry is not a racist

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that John Terry's guilty verdict by the FA does not necessarily mean that he is a racist.

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Terry was hit with a £220,000 fine and a four-match ban after he was found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in a match at Loftus Road last October.

Mourinho, who took charge of Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, insists that his former captain is not a racist, putting down Terry's remark to Ferdinand as a passionate outburst from being caught up in the moment of the game instead of a racist personality.

"He's not a racist - that's 100%" he told CNN. "We had a squad where we had 12 African players in the squad. It was a fantastic squad and he always had a great relationship with every one of them.

"But in football it can happen during a match, because football sometimes is more than a game and sometimes you have reactions that don't represent what you are really.

"Probably he had a racist comment or attitude against an opponent. Sometimes in football we do things the wrong way. If he had that reaction he should pay - but please don't say he's a racist. (Didier) Drogba, (Claude) Makelele...all of them will say he's not a racist.

"I never felt it (racism) in my dressing room. And I have always had African players in every one of my teams."

Terry's suspension has been withheld for up to 14 days, pending his decision to appeal the verdict.

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