The England centre-back is due to miss the Champions League final on May 19 after picking up a straight red card for kneeing Barcelona’s Alexi Sanchez in the back when the two sides met on Tuesday…
Chelsea went on to win the game and advance to the final at the Allianz Arena after coming from 2-0 down with ten men to draw the tie 2-2 and advance on the away goals rule.
Since Terry’s sending off, there has been speculation that the Chelsea captain wouldn’t be allowed to lift the trophy should Chelsea win. Uefa rules state that any player who misses the game through suspension is not allowed on the pitch or in the dugout throughout the duration of the suspension.
However, this raised questions as to whether or not it means Terry is able to enter the pitch after the final whistle in order to lift the trophy.
Now, despite Terry having to watch the match from the stands, Europe’s governing body have today confirmed the Blues captain would be allowed to join in with his team-mates in Germany for any post-match celebrations if they can hold off the German giants.
A statement by Uefa read: ‘If Chelsea win the 2012 Uefa Champions League Final, John Terry will be allowed to lift the trophy and collect the medal.’
However, footballs governing body have refused to change rules and lift suspensions on six Bayern Munich and Chelsea players for the Champions League final despite pleas led my teammates and international players’ union, FIFPro.
FIFPro spokesman Simon Barker said: ‘Anybody committing a serious offence in the semi-final should be awarded a red card and miss the final.
‘But the offences that result in a yellow card do not justify the serious punishment of missing the match of your life.
‘For example, Alaba slipped over and gets the ball kicked against his hand – it is not right that such a player should miss the Champions League final because of this.
‘Some people say that this will give players the licence to kick all and sundry during the semi-final, but that is utter nonsense.
‘Any serious offence will result in a red card and that still means exclusion from the final.’
If the London club were to lift the trophy come May 5, they can expect to pocket a staggering £47.2million.
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