Stamford Bridge skipper thanks fans for sticking by him.
Chelsea captain John Terry says his goal celebration in Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Stoke was a tribute to Blues fans for their support.
Terry has endured a turbulent few weeks following allegations about his private life and lost the England captaincy.
After heading Chelsea’s second goal in a 2-0 quarter-final win, he celebrated by pointing to his captain’s armband.
“The armband means a lot. Chelsea have been supportive. We wanted to show the fans what it meant to us,” said Terry.
Terry was booed throughout Sunday’s tie at Stamford Bridge by the visiting Stoke supporters, who lambasted the 29-year-old over his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea team-mate and current Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge.
Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy by national coach Fabio Capello last month after the allegations came to light, was also barracked by a small minority of home fans during the international friendly win over Egypt at Wembley on Wednesday.
When questioned about the verbal abuse aimed at Terry, Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins replied: “John’s dealing with the situation in the only way he can – committing himself to the cause.
“He’s an exceptional captain and we’re delighted to have him on board. He leads these players on the pitch in fantastic fashion.
“He was taking a bit too much stick from the Stoke fans and wanted to demonstrate that.”
Stoke manager Tony Pulis defended the Potters fans over their treatment of Terry and suggested the defender could win fans over at the World Cup in South Africa this summer.
“Our fans are brilliant, different class,” stated Pulis. “John will have to accept he’ll take stick. (BBC Sport)
John Terry’s name has been emblazoned across the front pages of the tabloids for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks so one can understand why he was so keen to celebrate the footballing aspect of things when he scored the second against Stoke on the weekend and I fully expect the England centre back to come back stronger when all of this dies down.
The Chelsea man appears to have accepted he was in the wrong over his affair with Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel, and one only hope that Ashley Cole could be quite so honest and accepting of the punishment handed down to him over his extra marital affairs.