Chelsea captain John Terry will always be “the biggest idiot” for his role in the 2011 racism row, according to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand.
The 35-year-old claims he no longer speaks to Terry or Ashley Cole after the ugly incident involving his brother Anton, where Terry was accused of calling him a “f****** black c***” during a league game.
Teammate Cole then supported the 33-year-old in court but Ferdinand admitted his pain over the situation and the roles played by both former England colleagues.
“For me, the biggest idiot will always be John Terry,” Ferdinand writes in his autobiography, an extract of which was published in The Sun on Sunday.
“As England captain and my centre-back partner he could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately he used the word in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.
“I think that’s probably what happened and what the truth is. Anton and I would’ve accepted that – instead he never gave us a chance.
“I’ve never actually spoken to John about the case. I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put us through.”
Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton in court but the FA found him guilty of “using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour”.
And Ferdinand said his friendship with Cole had also ended when the left-back decided to support Terry.
“Ashley Cole had long been a friend of mine. We’ve known each other since we were kids,” he continued.
“But for me it ended the day he decided to go to court in support of John Terry.
“Anton rang me and my head nearly blew off. He was betraying Anton, who he’d also known for years.”