Fernando Forestieri trial: Major points from Sheffield Wednesday star's morning in court

Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri has appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' Court this morning.

By Dan Windham
Thursday, 28th March 2019, 11:56 am
Updated Thursday, 28th March 2019, 11:59 am
Forestieri has been in court this morning
Forestieri has been in court this morning

He has pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated harassment and a further charge of using threatening words and behaviour. These are the major talking points from this morning.

He arrived with his wife and teammates including Atdhe Nuhiu
Said he swears on his sons life he did not say anything racist, just words in Spanish that were not racist.
I never said the N word or anything else racist as Mr Pearce alleges and I find the allegation deeply upsetting and very offensive.
Said he 'thought we were just exchanging words like you would in any game. I was happy to meet him after the game and said it had just been a misunderstanding.'
They were allegedly used in a heated heated exchange with a Mansfield Town player Pearce in the 80th minute of the match.
Said he noticed Pearce's focus changed and it was not an on the ball incident. He became aware the problem was with KP and FF and was told by the fourth official that there had been an alleged racist incident
He said Pearce told him he had been called a n***** when he went on the pitch.
This escalated when Forestieri 'spoke to him in Spanish' using the English words n***** and s***.
Said he 'understands it is bad but that it is a normal thing to say on a football pitch'. Denies the N word was inserted into the phrase in question.
However he did not speak to any players or fans. Dedence said this renders investigation inadequate but police officer found this suggestion 'offensive'.
The Spanish phrase Mr Forestieri claims he said is la concha de tu madre
At which point Pearce told him he had been racially abused and was visibly distressed. He then told the fourth official and there was later a mass brawl after the game finished.
He later booked FF for a bad challenge and KP for aggressive behaviour.
Pearce told him that Forestieri has said some words in Spanish but definitely the word n*****.
Judge asks referee to confirm that the match only descended into violence after the report of racial abuse. That is correct he says.
Forestieri said w'hen he says bad words in Spanish he doesnt mix them with English' as they dont come.
He says it 'just isnt a word he uses and he didnt even know how to pronounce it as his English is not good'.