Chelsea chairman denies the club are hypocrites
John Terry has just finished serving a four-game ban after being found guilty of making a racist comment during a QPR v Chelsea match last season, although the west London club now feel as though they have been the victim of a similar offence.
November 13th, 2012
Shortly after the team’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United a fortnight ago, Chelsea lodged an official complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg claiming that the arbiter used inappropriate language interpreted as racist towards Jon Obi Mikel.
Chairman Bruce Buck dismissed claims of hypocrisy and stated on Tuesday that there was no way that the club could ignore the claims of the players on this matter.
Buck told the Evening Standard: “Suppose we had tried to sweep this under the rug and said to the various players, ‘Look, it’s not a big deal and the press are going to be all over us, maybe you want to reconsider’. If that had leaked out, we would’ve really been crucified.”
He added: “The press seem to juxtapose ‘our support’ of John Terry and what’s going on here and looking at us as being a bit hypocritical. We have to divorce the John Terry situation from this. From our perspective, the latest situation was pretty straightforward. We have an obligation to report what may be misconduct. We did that, in good faith and not maliciously.”
He said: “We have a duty of care to John Terry in loco parentis. Not that, if he did something wrong, we weren’t going to say he didn’t do anything wrong. But we have to support him as a person. That’s different from saying that, no matter what Terry does, we approve.
“I can’t argue with the fact that, over the last 10 years, there have been a lot of public incidents in which Terry and Chelsea were involved. But I don’t accept that we have something in our hearts that says we’re going to chase the referees. It’s just not like that at all, honest.
“Chelsea are not run by John Terry. I don’t know how I can prove it to you but it’s not true. My club is run by Roman Abramovich.”