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Life President
May 29, 2005
Football fans are historically fickle and it doesn’t take an awful lot for them to turn on you, but when a judge is calling your character into question, you know that something just might be wrong…

Commendable as it might be to step onto the pitch on the same day your personal life begins to unravel, the Burnley chants and jeers will ring in John Terry’s ears for some time. He headed home to guide Chelsea to victory over a resurgent Burnley and celebrated with a dignified silence only broken by the chants of “Same old Terry, always cheating.”

When Justice Tudgenhat condemned Terry for attempting to block the stories of his affair in an attempt to protect his image for his sponsors, it spoke volumes of a character that hasn’t exactly been squeaky clean prior to his latest misdemeanour. This isn’t the first time he’s been accused of extra-marital activities, it’s just the first time there’s been damning evidence. Then you have the incident a mere few months ago where he was taking cash payments to take people on tours around the Chelsea training ground. The money “went to charity” according to Terry’s representatives… cash bundled into an anonymous brown paper bag apparently the preferred payment method for Little Havens in this day and age.

The truth of the matter is that, as soon as the tabloids caught wind of the England captain’s sordid actions, they salivated at the thought of stringing up such a high profile name in a world cup year.

Footballers aren’t renowned for their intelligence and down to earth manner, but it is striking just how foolish and stupid one person could be to think that a court injunction could make all of this disappear, leaving his family man image intact. But this isn’t just an example of dim-witted idiocy, no; the sheer arrogance shown by Terry is astounding.

Forgetting the moral dilemma of a father who cheats on his wife with his best friend’s missus, the England captain represents the country and every person within it when they step onto the field. Do I want to be represented by this kind of bloke? No, funnily enough, I don’t. If Terry had an ounce of self respect and honour for his country, he’d take the job out of Fabio Capello’s hands and resign the captaincy. If he thinks he’ll still command the respect of the dressing room after this debacle, then he is sadly mistaken.

The silence emanating from Soho Square is deafening. Without Terry doing the honourable thing and resigning, the fate of his captaincy lies solely with one man: Fabio Capello. An Italian with fierce moral values who demands the upmost from his players and expects the best from his captains… I seriously doubt it’ll be John Terry who leads the three lions out in June.