Chelsea to escape punishment over Terry guard-of-honour substitution debacle

first_img Terry is given a guard-of-honour by his team-mates in his final match for Chelsea Chelsea will escape censure from the Premier League, despite the debacle which surrounded John Terry’s final game for Chelsea on Sunday. Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford booted the ball into touch in the 26th minute (Terry’s squad number), to allow Chelsea players to give Terry a guard of honour as he left the pitch. Alan Shearer said the game’s integrity had been damaged as Terry said his final farewell to the Bridge after 22 years at the club,It was discovered after the match that Blues boss Antonio Conte and Sunderland manager David Moyes had agreed to the stoppage in play before the match. The move had left Chelsea prone to sanctions due to gambling rules which forbid the generation of certain match scenarios for financial gain. But it appears that will now not happen, chiefly because bookmakers have revealed they would NOT pay out on a scenario as clearly pre-organised as the one at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mail.  Shearer wasn’t impressed with what he saw, despite conceding Terry deserved a huge farewell, given all he has achieved with the Blues. “First of all (Terry) has been an absolute giant of the Premier League, 717 appearances, 15 trophies, but I’m not sure about this,” the former England striker told Match of the Day.  “Sunderland agreeing to kick the ball out on 26 minutes, I don’t think anything should be done that could undermine the integrity of the game. “I know it was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour, but it should have been before or after the game or in the last minute.” 1last_img

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