Chelsea captain John Terry repeatedly denied being a racist in taped interviews heard on the second day of his racism trial.
The England defender watched from the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday as he was heard claiming why calling Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand a "black (expletive)" in a match was not racist abuse.
In an English Football Association disciplinary interview conducted last October, Terry said he was repeating the term back to Ferdinand to counter what he believed he was being accused of.
Terry said: "I have been called a lot of things in my career but being racist is not one I am prepared to take at all."
The fired England captain added: "I'm not having anyone, let alone Anton, think that about me."