RIO Ferdinand has arrived at court to give evidence at the trial of a football fan accused of racially abusing him.
The England legend will take the stand at Wolverhampton crown court over claims Wolves fan Jamie Arnold, 32, used racist language on May 23 last year.
At a hearing last year Mr Arnold, from Norton Bridge, near Stone, pleaded not guilty to causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress towards Mr Ferdinand.
A judge granted Mr Arnold bail on the condition he not attend any Wolves home games at Molineux stadium, where the alleged offence took place.
At a previous hearing in July 2021, the 31-year-old pleaded not guilty to causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.
The alleged abuse occurred at Wolves' home ground Molineux – at the first game where a reduced number of supporters were allowed in the ground following the easing of Covid restrictions.
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It was also head coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s final game for Wolves.
A probe was launched by PC Stuart Ward, who was appointed the UK's first dedicated hate crime officer within a football unit.
Former Man Utd star Rio was covering the game for BT Sport at Molineux.
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