Sunday 22 October 2017

UEFA right to let banned players celebrate on pitch -- Terry

Jeremy Wilson

John Terry has praised Uefa for allowing him to take such a prominent part in Chelsea's Champions League celebrations and, despite not actually playing in the final, described the victory as the best moment of his career.

"I've been waiting eight or nine years for this," Terry said. "For it to finally be here wipes away all those bad memories. I can live with missing the final, I really can, because the club have won. It's not about me and I'm really not that type of person.

"Things are just meant to be and I wasn't meant to play. We've gone on to win it and that's all that matters because I care about this football club so much."

Terry, as well as Chelsea's other suspended players, stripped to their playing kit after Didier Drogba had scored the winning penalty to join their team-mates. With Frank Lampard, who was Chelsea's stand-in captain on Saturday, Terry also lifted the European Cup.

Terry was banned after being sent off against Barcelona for a knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez. His full involvement in Saturday's on-field celebrations prompted criticism on Twitter.

"The last thing you want to do is see players in suits and stuff like that," said Terry. "We've all played a major part. We stuck our kit on and hoped for the best and, thankfully, we went on to do it.

"We were part of it and I think it's the right thing from Uefa to allow the guys who missed it through suspension to be involved. That's something that will live with me forever and, if that would've been taken away, that would have been really hard to take.

"I've sat there and seen other players miss out on the opportunity to go and do what I've done. To go down as the best-ever season in Chelsea's history is incredible."

Asked if it had been his best moment in football, Terry insisted: "One hundred per cent."

Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's billionaire owner, even joined the players in their celebrations. "We were singing in the dressing room and the owner had a little laugh to himself as well," said Terry.

The captain was again the centre of attention at yesterday's victory parade when he took to the microphone to celebrate by chanting in praise of Didier Drogba.

"We want you to stay, we want you to stay, Didier Drogba, we want you to stay," sang Terry. It was the sort of weekend when, even for not doing much, it seemed he could do very little wrong.

Irish Independent

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