John Terry tells fan autographed picture is fake... fan replies it was bought in the club shop
Chelsea captain John Terry took to Instagram to warn a supporter that an autographed picture they had posted on the site was fake, only for the fan to reply that they bought it for £9.99 from the club's store at Stamford Bridge.
It turned out to be a computerised version of his writing, which is sold in their official shop.
The 34-year-old Blues defender spotted the picture on Instagram and replied to 17-year-old fan Clarence d'Souza: “Where did you receive this from... that’s not my writing or signature? It’s fake and if you paid for it you should ask for your money back. JT.”
Clarence, with the username clarence_cfc responded: "I got this computerised autograph from the Chelsea store when I visited Stamford Bridge last week."
Clarence's aunt Cheryl told the Sunday People, "Clarence is football mad and Terry is his hero. He couldn't believe it when he saw the message. We have complained to Chelsea about it but have heard nothing back."
A club spokesman said: “These printed digital photos are licensed by a third party company and sold as a personalised gift at a number of Premier League club shops.
“All these messages are computer-generated and produced in-store in front of the customer at the time of purchase. We will be revisiting the player signatures on file to make sure they are up to date.”