So who watched the BBC Anton Ferdinand documentary last night?
He didn't come over too badly as an individual. He's not the brightest and the whole issue has clearly caused him a lot of torment for the past nine years. His manager at QPR back then, Neil Warnock, felt he was a changed player who could no longer fully concentrate during games after the incident.
It was obviously made totally from AF's perspective so there was a certain lack of balance. From a Chelsea and JT perspective a few things stood out for me.
1. There was little attention paid to the significance of JT's face being obscured just before the three words FBC. This was weird seeing as this was vital in JT's defence and acquittal. If you watch the footage it is entirely plausible for the whole sentence to have been "I never called you a FBC, you effing knobhead". AF said he saw the footage and could see JT shouting "you FBC", but in court, the expert lip readers could not establish whether the word used before FBC was 'you' or 'a' - another crucial part of JT's defence, as JT was adamant he never used the word 'you'.
2. There was no mention of AF being caught out at the trial by JT's defence. He claimed under oath that he had not elbowed JT in the build up to the verbal exchange, but they showed footage of him doing this twice, which obviously undermined his denial that he had ever accused JT of calling him a BC. If he could give false testimony over the elbows, he could not be relied upon to be truthful over what words were exchanged at the same time.
3. No mention was made of JT playing 700-plus matches and captaining a multiracial club for over a decade with zero hint of any accusation of him ever using a racial slur.
4. No mention was made of Rio F liking and repeating a racial slur towards Ashley Cole after he testified at the trial.
5. The suggestion by AF that the FA investigator was soft on JT (they played an extract of his interview) but savage on AF was totally unsubstantiated, as they didn't have a recording of the AF interview.
6. No mention was made of the FA ignoring its own rules about the UK courts taking precedence over its own disciplinary procedures. The FA claimed Ashley Cole altered his statement and used this to argue supposed new evidence had come to light which justified them holding a new hearing and ignoring the outcome of the trial. In fact, all that happened was the FA sent the club AC's statement for checking and signing, and AC amended it slightly, as is anyone's right before signing a witness statement.
7. They noted during the programme that JT has never apologised to AF over the incident. He apologised for using the phrase FBC and recognised it was wrong to do so, but it is clear that to apologise to AF would imply he was guilty, when he has maintained for 9 years - and has stated under oath in court - that he never racially abused him.