Paul Ince has defended the Chelsea captain, John Terry, as the racism row over the defender continues.
Ince, discussing the incident in which Terry was said to have used racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, said: "He's not a racist.
"It's no excuse to say allegedly what he might have said or what anybody says towards black, white, Chinese (people). But if you say things in the heat of the moment it doesn't necessarily mean you are a racist.
"There was probably no intent on what John Terry allegedly said. You go back to Ron Atkinson. He said something many, many years ago but he had so many black players at West Brom so you couldn't really call him a racist. As far as I'm concerned, people say something in the heat of the moment but that doesn't make them a racist."
Ince played for Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool during a distinguished playing career and has since become a manager at clubs including MK Dons and Blackburn.