QPR officials have strenuously denied reports that three of their players had given – or were prepared to give – evidence against John Terry in the FA’s investigation into allegations of racism.
A report in the Daily Mail claimed 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 offcials 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.
“There is no truth in these stories whatsoever,” the QPR spokesman said. “None of the three players have been called to give evidence or will be called to give 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.
Although Terry has not denied using the words involved, the Chelsea defender insists his comments were taken out of context and that he had actually been denying using the slur in question.
English FA officials have said they have no plans to suspend Terry from international football while inquiries are ongoing and say he will lead the team out in friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month.