Friday 24 November 2017

Wilkins calls for end to fans’ abuse of Chelsea skipper

Sam Wallace and Kaveh Solhekol

JOHN TERRY yesterday hit back at Stoke City supporters for taunting him over losing the England captaincy by rolling up his sleeve and pointing to his captain’s armband after he scored Chelsea’s second goal in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory.

The former England captain was subject to sustained abuse from the visiting fans yesterday over his sacking and his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-fiancee Vanessa Perroncel. When he headed in his side’s second goal he ran towards the Stoke supporters pointing at his armband. After the game, the Chelsea assistant first team coach Ray Wilkins said that the abuse of Terry had to stop: “I would like to think (the abuse) will stop. It’s served its course but it’s happening and John’s just getting on with the situation. He’s dealing with the situation in the only way he can: committing himself to the cause. That was another superb performance from him.

“He was taking a bit too much stick from the Stoke fans and wanted to remonstrate with them. He leads these players on the pitch in fantastic fashion. He scored a great goal.”

Terry was grateful for the support of the Chelsea fans for whom he stayed on the pitch to applaud after the game. Terry said: “The armband means a lot. Chelsea have been very supportive.”

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