John Terry talks about his controversial Chelsea farewell
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 11:57
Terry indicated after Sunday's 3-1 win over Sunderland that he had asked manager Antonio Conte to substitute him on 26 minutes, in recognition of his shirt number, and Sunderland manager David Moyes, who resigned on Monday, also said that he was in on the information.
Sir Alex, who won 13 Premier League titles, said: "I just wonder if they realise the job he's done".
The FA became involved after it emerged that at least three punters had won thousands of pounds betting on the specific time of Terry's withdrawal - at odds of 100-1.
"It was very important to find the right solution to celebrate a great champion, a great legend for this club, I think he deserved to start the game", Conte said.
"I don't know if I'd disagree, but Sunderland are down, they're (Chelsea) champions - you know", the former Arsenal striker said.
"The supporters, as long as they are happy, I am over the moon with the reception I got".
Hackett told The Daily Telegraph: "There's a regulation and a regulation has been broken".
The defender revealed after the final whistle that it was his idea to come off at that time because it matched his shirt number.
"I'll come back here one day, supporting the team for years to come", he promised as he addressed fans afterwards.
Terry then embraced his team-mates before handing over the captain's armband to his replacement Gary Cahill as head coach Antonio Conte looked towards Saturday's FA Cup final with Arsenal.
The Chelsea players formed a guard of honour for the 36-year-old, as he hugged his teammates, the Chelsea staff and his opponents, and took the applause of the crowd.
But if he wants some serious bank, Terry has the option to move to the Chinese Super League where clubs are willing to pay ridiculous amounts for top players from Europe.
"Thank you for them, because it was incredible and a moment I'll never forget". No, what I want is to win the next game.