John Terry is banned from the Champions League final tonight for stupidly putting his knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez, but it’s understood that if Chelsea win he will be allowed to lift the trophy at the presentation as club captain.
After the sending off in the Champions League semi-final, Terry was told he appeared to knee Sanchez and replied ‘I would not do that.’ He said he ‘wasn’t the type of player’ to try and deliberately hurt someone, or raise his knee to them. Then he was shown the video and said ‘Sanchez was darting in behind me’ (he wasn’t), and ‘I’ve raised my knee, which maybe I shouldn’t have done in hindsight’. You don’t say! Even leaving aside his actions in the semi-final, his weasel words afterwards and his ban for the final, is Terry the sort of person who should be put forward to represent his club or country? He’s the only person to be stripped of the England captaincy twice for his behaviour. As he awaits trial on criminal charges – the only England captain to face that – here are some highlights from his career. You be the judge.