John Terry could be stripped of Chelsea captaincy
Chelsea go into Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur without John Terry, with the central defender starting his four-game suspension after accepting the punishment meted out by the FA following a racism charge.
October 19th, 2012
Terry will be available for next week’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk although Roberto Di Matteo was reluctant to confirm whether or not the former England captain would retain the armband for his club side.
“It has certainly put a cloud over the image of the club,” Di Matteo said.
“We have done many good things as well and it is a shame we cannot talk more about football, which is our priority.
“We do not discuss publicly the disciplinary matters we take against our players. They remain confidential. You will have to wait and see (whether he is captain).
“They are internal matters, the action we take against our players and we are not going to discuss it.”
It appears that Di Matteo and other Chelsea representatives were attempting to take the sting out of a saga that has been running for a year, although the Italian’s repeated refusal to answer questions on the subject has led to speculation that the west London club are still deciding whether to strip Terry of his captaincy.
Di Matteo said: “Over the many years he has been here he has shown a lot of qualities.
“He has realised that on that day he fell below his standards and the club’s standards. For that he has received a ban and a fine and more action from the club.
“He is being punished for what he has said. We have all made mistakes in our life before.”