28 Oct 2011

QPR deny reports of players giving evidence

6:05 am on 28 October 2011

Queens Park Rangers officials have denied reports that three players had given evidence against John Terry in the English Football Association's investigation into allegations of racist abuse involving the Chelsea and England star.

The Daily Mail reported that Rangers trio Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill and Shaun Derry had all spoken to FA investigators probing claims that Terry racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The report claimed all three had provided statements to FA officials which appeared to contradict Terry's version of events during Sunday's stormy west London derby at Loftus Road.

However a spokesman for QPR issued a strong denial of the reports, saying none of the three players named had given evidence.

Terry is the subject of FA and police investigations after video footage emerged on the Internet on Sunday appearing to show the England captain making racist comments at Ferdinand.

English FA officials say they have no plans to suspend Terry from international football while inquiries are ongoing and confirmed he will lead the team in friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month.