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Chelsea snub Terry shirt idea

2011-12-24 12:08

London - Chelsea have turned down a proposal for their players to wear shirts in support of captain John Terry who has been charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Some of the Blues squad and staff had raised the prospect of donning T-shirts showing their backing for the skipper.

Liverpool were heavily criticised in some quarters for allowing their players to wear T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez during the warm-up before Wednesday's Premier League game at Wigan, following the striker's eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Chelsea, who fully back Terry in his fight to clear his name, did not want to risk emulating something that could be viewed as provocative or construed as a potential contempt of court ahead of Terry's hearing at West London magistrates court on February 1.

A club spokesperson said: "We were aware of the idea being discussed among some of the players and staff.

"The club fully supports John but did not think the wearing of T-shirts was an appropriate or helpful show of that support."

AFP

Comments
  • Alan - 2011-12-24 12:49

    If the British public think that a few provocative words during a football match is serious 'racism', they should have spent a few days in Apartheid South Africa, or Nazi Germany, or Ruanda in the 90s, or Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosova - that was serious racism.

      Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2011-12-24 15:35

      Context, dude. Context. If we use your logic, people who steal R200 should get away with it.

      Michiel - 2011-12-27 07:40

      We have all moved on. Apartheid South Africa is in the past. Racism is unacceptable in any manner or form. Punish those at transgress.

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