I am absolutely sick to the back teeth of watching John Terry’s behaviour.
Watch any Chelsea game. Not necessarily a grudge game, but any game. I can guarantee you’ll see at least five occurrences of Terry storming up to a referee, shoving anyone out of the way, to give him a piece of his mind.
I don’t buy the excuse that ‘everyone does it’. He puts his hands on officials all the time (a red card offence), and you don’t need a lip reader to figure out that he’s effing and blinding at the ref too (also a red card offence).
I know he’s the captain, but that doesn’t make it his personal responsibility to shove the perpetrator of any foul, when the ref is already dealing with it. It doesn’t mean he has the right to verbally abuse referees, touch them, or yell at them with his face two inches from theirs. Just what quality saw him named England captain over, say, Gerrard? His suspect background and brushes with the law?
There are some that will think this article is harsh, but you know what? If Terry was any nationality other than English, his actions would be scrutinised, he would be panned in the media, and all those who get their opinions from the Sun would hate him.
He isn’t the role model, the ‘wonderful leader’ that he is portrayed as. He is a fantastic driving force of a centre back, but his behaviour is also indicative of so much that is wrong with our game today.