AVB - Terry has full backing
Andre Villas-Boas insists John Terry has Chelsea's 'full backing' following allegations of a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand.
Last Updated: 26/10/11 3:55pm
Andre Villas-Boas insists John Terry has Chelsea's 'full backing' following allegations of a racist slur against Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
Blues captain Terry has categorically denied racially abusing Ferdinand during his team's 1-0 defeat by QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.
Ferdinand is due to meet with QPR on Tuesday to discuss the issue and Terry is waiting to learn whether the former Sunderland centre-half will make a formal complaint.
Police are investigating the matter after confirming there had been a complaint from a member of the public, but Chelsea boss Villas-Boas is adamant the issue was a misunderstanding.
Villas-Boas said: "He has put out his statement and we fully back John.
"John is a player who (represents) this country to the highest level internationally.
"He is a player of great responsibilities.
"He said to me the incident was a big misunderstanding. That's why he put his statement out straight away.
"I find it strange when people don't trust the words of a representative from your country."
Villas-Boas claimed Terry and Ferdinand cleared the air in the Chelsea dressing room after Sunday's game, adding: "Anton was present in our dressing room.
"For us, it was end of story and it still is. It's just a misunderstanding and something blown out of all proportion.
"People who represent this country should have better and fuller support.
"The clubs are in touch with each other.
"We have full backing for our player. The rest, we have to wait and see."