Former Chelsea boss Mourinho defends banned Terry

Jose Mourinho has come to the defence of John Terry after the Chelsea captain was banned for four games and fined more than £200,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, the Daily Mail has reported.

Speaking to CNN, Mourinho said Terry should not be called a racist and that the black players Terry played with at Chelsea under Mourinho would agree. However, Mourinho added that if Terry did make a racist comment towards Ferdinand then he should be suspended, but Mourinho stressed that is not the same thing as being a racist.

Mourinho said: “He’s not a racist – that’s 100 per cent. We had a squad where we had 12 African players…it was a fantastic squad and he always had a great relationship with every one of them.

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. Drogba, Makelele, all of them will say he’s not a racist.

The current Real Madrid coach added that he has never experienced racism in his dressing room, noting that he has always had African players in his teams.

Mourinho was Chelsea manager between 2004 and 2007, winning the Premier League in both 2004-05 and 2005-06, as well as the FA Cup in 2006-07 and the League Cup in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

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