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John Terry's Father Cleared Over 'Racist Row'
Footballer John Terry's father has been cleared of headbutting an Asian man and racially abusing him in a dispute over a cigarette outside a pub.
The 59-year-old was found not guilty of carrying out a racially-aggravated common assault by jurors at the Old Bailey.
The Chelsea captain's father was also cleared of one count of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.
It followed a five-day trial, during which he was accused of calling Amarjit Talafair, a railway customer services worker, a "******* Paki" outside the Windsor pub near Fenchurch Street station on March 22 last year.
Mr Talafair conceded he was not hurt because he was able to dodge Terry's alleged headbutt and admitted calling the defendant a "fat bald prick" during the confrontation.
Terry admitted calling Mr Talafair a "****** tight prick", but denied headbutting him or racially abusing him.
He told the jury: "I just said '**** off, go back downstairs', things like that. It wasn't no racist stuff."
His co-accused, former schoolboy boxing champion Stephen Niland, 36, from Romford, Essex, and Moldova-born Tudor Musteata, 47, from Greenwich, south east London, were also found not guilty of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.
Terry, from Grays, Essex, said he was "relieved" afterwards.
"It's been a hard year for all of us. We all felt it was nothing, really. It was stupid," he said.
"I'm just going home and I'm going to phone John up," he added.
Jurors were told Terry received a 24-month conditional discharge for common assault in 2005 and a suspended prison sentence for an offence of supplying class A drugs in 2010.
Two months after his arrest last March, Terry admitted racially abusing another man and was fined £200 for calling him a "******* Irish prick" at Barking rail station, the court heard.