Chelsea captain Terry apologises for Champions League red card
John Terry has apologised for his actions that saw the Chelsea captain shown a red card during the first-half of the Blues’ Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona on Tuesday evening, the BBC has reported.
The England international appeared to strike Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in the lower back with his knee, an incident brought to the attention of referee Cuneyt Cakir by one of his assistants. Terry later denied he intended to drive his knee into Sanchez, insisting he was attempting to keep his balance, but admitted after seeing a replay he understood why the referee had shown him a red card and issued an apology to his teammates and to Chelsea’s supporters.
Terry said: “I feel I've let [my teammates] down, I've apologised and I apologise to the fans…It does look bad on the replay. I raised my knee but hopefully the people out there who know me, know I'm not that kind of player.
The 31-year-old will miss the Champions League final against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid as well as two games in whichever European competition Chelsea take part in next season. Terry is just one of the absences Roberto Di Matteo will have to cope with for the final, after a number of players picked up suspensions against Barcelona and Gary Cahill was taken off injured.
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