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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 00:18 GMT 01:18 UK
Accused footballers await verdicts
Jody Morris, John Terry, Des Byrne
Jody Morris, John Terry and Des Byrne deny all charges
The jury in the trial of three professional footballers accused of a nightclub brawl has resumed its deliberations.

As the men and women retired on Wednesday night, they were told not to give any special treatment to the men who are accused of starting a fight outside The Wellington Club in Knightsbridge, London.

Chelsea's John Terry and Jody Morris and Wimbledon's Des Byrne listened intently as Judge Fabyan Evans summed up the case at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court before sending out the jury to decide on its verdicts.

Mr Terry, 21, a former England Under-21 captain, is accused of hitting doorman Trevor Thirlwall in the face with a bottle during the fight on 4 January.


This case is no different to a hundred others heard each year in crown courts. You should not treat these defendants any differently.

Judge Fabyan Evans

On Tuesday, Mr Terry's lawyer, Desmond De Silva QC, told the jury the footballer's future, including his chance to play for England, was in their hands.

But Judge Fabyan Evans told the eight women and four men they had to consider the evidence before them, not the effects on the players' careers.

He said: "This case is no different to a hundred others heard each year in crown courts.

"You should not treat these defendants any differently.

"You must not be concerned about the consequences of your verdict."

The judge told jurors he required unanimous verdicts from them.

They were also told gloves would be provided for them if they wished to examine blood-stained clothing.

Mr Terry denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing a bottle as an offensive weapon.

Mr Byrne, 21, denies possessing a bottle as an offensive weapon, and all three players deny affray.


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