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The John Terry controversies – a complete list

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John Terry on his day is one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, and certainly an important player for Chelsea and England.

However, the 31-year-old is in danger of missing out on Euro 2012, after being stripped of his nation’s captaincy due to the ongoing allegations of racism against the Barking-born man. This, for sure, is not the first controversy to blight Terry’s career, as the following rap sheet shows.

  • Fined two weeks wages for drunkenly mocking American tourists in Heathrow Airport in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
  • Charged with assault and affray after a confrontation with a nightclub bouncer in January 2002, Terry was suspended from England duty and subsequently missed out on the 2002 World Cup. He was later cleared of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding, possessing a bottle as an offensive weapon and affray.
  • In February 2002 Terry was caught on CCTV urinating into a beer glass and dropping it on the floor of an Essex nightclub.
  • Fined £60 for parking his Bentley in a disabled bay.
  • In 2004, Terry was reported to have gambled up to £40,000 a week on horse and dog racing with Wayne Bridge and Scott Parker.
  • Sent off against Tottenham in November 2006 at White Hart Lane, and accused of racially abusing Ledley King. Questioned the integrity of referee Graham Poll, and was later fined £10,000 for inappropriate conduct.
  • Before marrying Toni Poole in 2007, admitted to cheating on his partner up to eight times. Jenny Barker, 17, claims that Terry cheated on Poole with her in a public car park.
  • Investigated by Chelsea and the FA for reportedly accepting a £10,000 bribe to show a reporter around the London club’s training ground without permission in 2009.
  • In 2009 the centre back’s father Ted Terry was filmed allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover reporter, months after his mother, Sue, and mother-in-law had been cautioned for shoplifting.
  • In January 2010 Terry was alleged to have had a four-month affair with Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel. Bridge was deemed as one of Terry’s best friends, and Perroncel was the mother of the left back’s child. Fabio Capello stripped Terry of the England captaincy due to the scandal, handing it to Rio Ferdinand.
  • Accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a 1-0 defeat for Chelsea at Loftus Road in October 2011. Investigated by the FA and police, Terry will stand trial in July 2012. Stripped of his country’s captaincy for the second time.

Terry may well look back at the above list with shame and regret once his playing days are over, as the constant controversies in his life have taken away from his ability on the pitch.

With England producing some exciting young defenders in recent times, Euro 2012 could be Terry’s last swansong at a major international tournament, but his involvement is now not assured due to his July court date.

Comments (12)

  1. Great list. Can we have one for Gerrard, Rooney & Ferdinand too?

  2. This guy is just a complete thug. An absolute disgrace for him to even be considered to be suitable for representing this country. What does it say about us. In the past we had morals, just imagine an England line up in 1966 starting with R Kray, R Kray, R Biggs etc.

    • Better to have drunk drivers like Tony Adams and Paul Merson perhaps?

  3. “centre back’s father Ted Terry was filmed allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover reporter, months after his mother, Sue, and mother-in-law had been cautioned for shoplifting”..

    It’s in his blood…lolzzz!!!!

  4. Now remove the stuff about his parents and the ‘allegedy’s', the ‘reported to’s and ‘accused of’s.

  5. Well, as a fan of some North American sports as well as the BPL, I can say that I’m not impressed with Mr. Terry’s rap sheet. He’s got a long way to go to catch up to the more controversial figures playing in the NBA, NFL, etc.

    BTW, how does his rap sheet compare to the average Chelsea fan?

  6. I forgot about most of those things. Surely its time he just grew up. Anyone with that past and with an inch of dignity would accept not being captain, get your head down and get on with playing football.

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  7. no one is perfect

  8. He is an idiot ! Racist Bastard !!! Get rid of him…

  9. “Terry may well look back at the above list with shame and regret once his playing days are over, as the constant controversies in his life have taken away from his ability on the pitch. ”

    Unfortunately, I don’t think this line will ever fly once he’s at an end to his career. To an outsider like myself, he reeks of a man who has no remorse or see’s anything wrong with any of his actions. Hell, he is the reason why Don Fabio has washed his hands of the whole England job early. Instead of backing his country he has undermined his coach and his country

  10. Any captain of a national team needs to display a reasonable code of behaviour off the pitch. It does not make the FA look good if their captain is on Trial for racism. htp://www.isawthesun.com