Chelsea to escape Premier League sanction over John Terry substitution debacle

John Terry has dismissed criticism surrounding the manner in which he ended his Chelsea career, insisting he "couldn't care less" what people think of his contrived "farewell" substitution.

The ex-England skipper was substituted in the 26th minute - matching his shirt number - against the Black Cats and given a guard of honour by his teammates.

Sunderland boss David Moyes said his side agreed to put the ball out to allow the substitution.

Shearer wasn't impressed with what he saw, despite conceding Terry deserved a huge farewell, given all he has achieved with the Blues.

"All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans. It was so emotional after the game, I was in bits".

His first departure came after Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 with Drogba's penalty winning the trophy against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

That is a remarkable statistic when you consider this same team finished 10th in the table the previous campaign in a season where manager Jose Mourinho was sacked and the west London club missed out on European qualification.

Terry played what is likely to be his final game for the Blues against Sunderland on Sunday and was given a spectacular send-off, substituted in the 26th minute while his team-mates formed a guard of honour.

The Terry substitution was also not without precedent.

However, there is no suggestion the move was anything other than an attempt by Chelsea to give their long-serving captain a farewell to remember in front of the club's fans.

"I couldn't care less", Terry said on Wednesday after training.

"I never want to be that player who says, 'I wish I'd played a couple more years.' You can't replace these moments". "Really. I couldn't care less".

"The supporters, as long as they are happy, I am over the moon with the reception I got". I know he's a unique player.

The 36-year-old revealed after the match that the idea to come off in the 26th minute had come from him, to tie in with his squad number of 26.

"I don't want to kind of make a knee-jerk decision and then kind of regret it later", Terry said.

  • Julie Sanders