Chelsea reject pro-Terry shirts ahead of racism trial

Chelsea have confirmed that they rejected a proposal from the players to wear t-shirts in support of captain John Terry, The Telegraph reports.

Terry will face the Crown Prosecution Service in February over a racially aggravated public order offence towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The Chelsea captain played for the Blues on Thursday night against Tottenham, just a day after learning his fate, and played magnificently, saving a point for Chelsea with a block on Emmanuel Adebayor in injury-time. The Blues saw Liverpool wear t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez, who has also been charged with racism, and felt the idea was something they wanted to do for Terry.

Chelsea hierarchy did not want to risk something that could be viewed as provocative or put Terry in a contempt of court situation. The Blues face Fulham today in the West London derby and will not be wearing t-shirts in the warm-up.

A Chelsea spokesman 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’.

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