Di Matteo backs Terry ahead of trial

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has given his public backing and support to captain John Terry on the eve of his court trial, The Sun reports.

Terry faces a racially aggravated public order trial for his part in an incident at Loftus Road last season involving QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The Chelsea centre-back will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday and if found guilty, faces a maximum fine of £2,500.

The England international is still a massive part for the Blues and Di Matteo is confident his captain will be a Chelsea player for a long time. Terry was one of the few standout performers in England’s Euro 2012 campaign, making an important clearance off the line in England’s final group game against Ukraine and Di Matteo hopes that form will be continued into the new season for the Blues, as they look to get back into the top four.

Di Matteo said: “John Terry is our captain and our leader. He is one of the best defenders in the country. He was outstanding at the Euros and hopefully he will be the same for us next season.”

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