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Ashley Cole has his say

QUESTIONS: Ashley Cole arrives for court

DIDIER DROGBA was among players who did not sign a statement exalting the virtues of his then club captain, John Terry.

During the third day of his trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court it was revealed that a selection of 17 players from Chelsea had signed the pre-written letter in regards to their captain.

It read: “"I have never heard John Terry use any form of racist language and have never heard any suggestion that he may have done so."

Apart from Drogba, the most notable signatures missing were those of Nicolas Anelka, Flourent Malouda and Gary Cahill.

Along with those statements read to the court, former Chelsea assistant manager, Ray Wilkins and Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck took to the stands to wax lyrical about the defendant. Buck had been present in the public gallery since the trial commenced on Monday morning.

Letters from under-21 England captain, Ryan Bertrand, current Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho and the owner of Terry’s preferred chauffer service were read to the Magistrate.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole’s time on the stand followed the lunch-time adjournment and the completion of Terry’s evidence.

The former Arsenal player was not happy to be called as a witness and although he arrived in a well-tailored three piece suit; he was clearly agitated by the Crown as he sat down to give his evidence.

He explained his conflicts were due to the fact that Terry was a teammate and friend, and he had known the Ferdinand family for a long time. He also admitted giving a ‘neutral statement to The Football Association’.

Cole’s testimony didn’t 100 per cent confirm the statements of either Anton Ferdinand or his Chelsea teammate.

He confirmed seeing Ferdinand’s hand gesture and saw him say the words; ‘Bridgey’ or ‘black’, and ‘c***’. But he said he didn’t hear what his captain said even though the distance between him and Terry ‘was about the length of a car’. He denied that he said: “You can’t talk to JT like that.”

He explained: “I don’t know where you’re getting that from! I said ‘what you were doing to JT was out of order’.”

The left-back admitted that he thought the Queens Park Rangers player was trying to humiliate Terry and called the behaviour ‘inappropriate’.

He denied him or Terry were trying to deal with the situation after seeing footage of the incident, as he was unable to get a signal in the Loftus Road changing room.

All evidence has been given and the closing statements will commence on June 12.

The case continues.

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