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Sunderland complicit in latest embarrassing John Terry episode

4 years ago
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Like all decent people/football fans, I hate John Terry.

As a Newcastle United and England fan, I have seen nothing to suggest he is a decent player, never mind a decent human being.

It is surely so apt that only Chelsea supporters think he is somebody to look up to.

It is all about him.

One of my greatest non-Newcastle football memories was when John Terry cost Chelsea the Champions League.

I can’t stand Manchester United either but for once I was ‘happy’ they won that 2008 final.

He is the ultimate modern day arrogant lowlife football player and only polite pundits and Chelsea fans will den this.

He has already had a number of embarrassing stage-managed attention grabbing moments in the past, coming out in full kit to claim the credit after not taking part in both Chelsea’s Champions League win of 2012 and 2013 Europa League win.

Today though, was surely the ultimate when it comes to pandering to John Terry.

Chelsea were at home to Sunderland on the final day of the Premier League season, an occasion which also saw John Terry making his final appearance of the season.

Terry was nowhere to be seen as the Mackems took the lead after only three minutes, though Chelsea were to run out easy 5-1 winners in the end.

After 25 minutes though, Jordan Pickford bizarrely kicked the ball straight out of play, seemingly on purpose.

The fourth official then held up the board for a substitution, with John Terry replaced by Gary Cahill.

The match was then held up for several minutes as Terry saluted the crowd etc and the other Chelsea players formed a guard of honour as he left the pitch.

It gets worse though because rather than John Terry being forced off injured, it turns out that the whole thing was agreed before kick-off.

Sunderland agreed to kick the ball out on 26 minutes (though they couldn’t even get that right! – See Moyes below), 26 being John Terry’s squad number…

Pass the sick bucket!!!

Why couldn’t John Terry, like a normal person who isn’t so up himself, have just came on as a sub with 10 minutes to go and got his applause etc that way, rather than this excruciating circus?

Also, what on earth were Sunderland thinking of, when they agreed to this shambles?

Terry has been suggested as a potential Rafa Benitez signing this summer – I can’t think of anything worse!

David Moyes after today’s game:

“I think John Terry, in his own way, deserves a great send off.

“He got that today.

“We knew it was coming and we agreed to put the ball out.

“We actually did it about 15 second too early but we knew that it was happening.”

John Terry:

“Today is one of the most difficult days of my life.

“I have been very fortunate to work with some unbelievable players and managers throughout my career. I am thankful to every single one of them.

“We all have to thank Roman Abramovich. I’d like to thank him and all the board. He’s the best owner in world football.

“I would like to thank my wife and my kids for supporting me in this amazing journey I’ve had.

“You are the best supporters in the world, without a shadow of a doubt. You have given me everything. You picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I had a bad game and disappointed you.

“I’ll come back here one day, supporting the team for years to come.”

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