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Terry gets three-match ban for Barca red

CHELSEA'S John Terry has been banned for three matches for his dismissal in the Champions League semi-final.

UEFA have confirmed the Blues captain will miss Chelsea's next two European matches following his red card in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

The defender sat out Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the final, as he served a mandatory one-match ban.

However, UEFA's disciplinary panel added two more games to the suspension, after ruling Terry was guilty of violent conduct when he struck his knee into the back of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in the April 24 clash.

The centre-back is now ineligible for the Super Cup match against Europa League winners Atletico Madrid in August, as well as Chelsea's first Champions League group-stage game in September.

Terry and Chelsea have three days to decide whether to appeal against the decision.

Terry can look forward to welcoming Hulk into the team next season, with reports this morning suggesting the striker's move from Porto is on the verge of completion.

As reported in the Herald on Wednesday, Hulk will cost Chelsea €60m (£38m).


The figure is considerably less than the €100m stipulated in Hulk's release clause with Porto, but is still a massive outlay for a club who have yet to appoint a permanent manager.

Meanwhile, midfielder Juan Mata has vowed to improve next season despite shining for the Blues since joining the club last summer.

The Spain international settled straight into the Chelsea side under previous manager Andre Villas-Boas and picked up the club's Player of the Year award but he says he wants to get even better.

"My focus is to continue improving," Mata said.

"I am young as a footballer and I have to improve my game and my statistics over the next year, this is what I will try to do."