John Terry (left) and Anton Ferdinand.

London – The prosecutor in Chelsea captain John Terry's racism trial says the opponent he is accused of racially abusing lacks the “motivation or the sophistication” to invent the allegations.

In his closing speech Friday, Duncan Penny says Terry had been exhibiting a “pattern of behaviour” during the Premier League game in October in hurling “bursts” of abuse at Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand.

Penny claims the racially abusive remark Terry is accused of saying was him “lashing out” after being goaded about his alleged extramarital affair.

Terry denies a racially aggravated public order charge, saying he used the phrase sarcastically to counter what he claims Ferdinand was accusing him of saying.

Penny says it is “high unlikely” Ferdinand would have made up the claim “in the heat of the moment”. – Sapa-AP