Chelsea rule out Terry T-shirts

Some of the Blues squad and staff had raised the prospect of

donning T-shirts showing their backing for Terry, who has been

charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Liverpool were heavily criticised in some quarters for allowing

their players to wear T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez during the

warm-up before Wednesday night’s Premier League game at Wigan,

following the striker’s eight-match ban for racially abusing

Patrice Evra. Chelsea, who fully back Terry in his fight to clear

his name, did not want to risk emulating something that could be

viewed as provocative or construed as a potential contempt of court

ahead of Terry’s hearing at West London magistrates court on

February 1. A club spokesman said: “We were aware of the idea being

discussed among some of the players and staff. “The club fully

supports John but did not think the wearing of T-shirts was an

appropriate or helpful show of that support.”