There can be no coincidence that John Terry is quoted as saying that players should afford referees more respect on the day that the England captain against France on Wednesday night is announced. Sky Sports report that the Chelsea defender has all-of-a-sudden turned over a new leaf by calling for rule changes whereby only the club captains would be allow to speak with the arbiter on the field of play. This is the same guy who has joined his team-mates in ref harrassment on countless occasions this term, with Chelsea twice charged with failing to keep their players under control.
“I do agree there has to be a line drawn and confronting the referee has to be taken out of the game,” Terry said.
“I think we have to give it a go and if it doesn’t work then the FA and the officials have to say that. But we have to try these things.”
Never mind that the man who likes to be called JT stormed up to the referee at White Hart Lane last week after Ashley Cole tried to chop Alan Hutton in half. Oh no, he was just acting as the referee’s advisor, against those nasty Tottenham people calling for a red card.
“I saw their bench jump up and I ran forward to tell Mike Riley not to listen or be intimidated by their bench trying to force him into a decision,” explained Terry.
“I spoke to him and he told me ‘It was a high tackle and it was going to be a booking’, I agreed and walked away.
“There was no argument from me or anyone else close to Mike Riley and I thought he handled it fantastically well.”
Handling it fantastically well = bottling out of red-carding a player who inflicted a dangerous challenge on an opponent.
It’s refreshing that Fabio Capello continues his ballsy approach to England management by giving the armband to Rio Ferdinand until Terry stops being such a bully.