Chelsea slap down players” plan to wear Suarez-style T-shirts in support of Terry
Chelsea have confirmed they had rejected a proposal for their players to wear T-shirts in support of captain John Terry.
Some of the Blues squad and staff hadraised the prospect of donning T-shirts showing their backing for Terry, who has been charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
Liverpool were heavily criticised insome quarters for allowing their players to wear T-shirts in support ofLuis Suarez during the warm-up before Wednesday night”s Barclays Premier League game at Wigan, following the striker”s eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.
Sticking together: Chelsea players wanted to support captain John Terry
Chelsea, who fully back Terry in hisfight to clear his name, did not want to risk emulating something that could be viewed as provocative or construed as a potential contempt of court ahead of Terry”s hearing at West London magistrates court on February 1.
A club spokesman said: “We were aware of the idea being discussed among some of the players and staff.
“The club fully supports John but did not think the wearing of T-shirts was an appropriate or helpful show of that support.”
Meanwhile, Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Saturday that a gang tried to break into Terry”s home while the Chelsea captain was away playing in Thursday night”s Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.
Gesture: Liverpool wore T-shirts in support of striker Luis Suarez (above left) over his eight-game ban from the FA for making racist comments to Manchester United defender Patrice Evra ahead of the match against Wigan on Wednesday
The raiders had broken through the perimeter gate of the property using a scaffolding pole from building work next door and were approaching the house before being chased off the premises by security guards.
Terry”s wife Toni and four-year-old children Georgie John and Summer Rose were in the mansion in Oxshott, Surrey, along with Terry”s mother Sue and Toni”s mother Sue Poole when the intruders struck towards the end of the game.
Holding fort: The Chelsea skipper”s home was attacked while he played this away game against Tottenham
Centre of attention: Terry was in the spotlight for Chelsea”s game at Spurs
Terry had hired the extra security due to the intensity of the media spotlight on him following being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea”s game against QPR at Loftus Road in October.
It is unclear whether the attackers were intent on damaging the property or attempting burglary.
A friend of Terry said: “They were all completely shocked at what happened, especially with young children in the house and two grandmothers. It was a very scary experience for all of them at a hugely difficult time for the family.”
In the dock: The Chelsea captain is under scrutiny for alleged comments made towards Anton Ferdinand
It is understood that the attack has not been reported to the police. Terry was playing at White Hart Lane in his first match since the charges were announced. The 31-year-old was booed every time he touched the ball and was also the focus of relentless abusive chants from Spurs fans.
A hostile crowd targeted Wayne Rooney”s house when he was involved in a contract dispute with Manchester United, while Peter Crouch and his model wife Abbey Clancy had their Cheshire home ransacked this week.