Terry red was 'senseless and unnecessary' but the correct decision
22:30 GMT, 24 April 2012
Cuneyt Cakir was right to dismiss John Terry on Tuesday night.
Terry escaped with a check on Alexis Sanchez in the first leg, when he deliberately blocked his path and pole-axed the forward.
This time he raised his knee after the ball had gone and when Chelsea were starting an attack.
Seeing red: John Terry was sent off for his challenge on Alexis Sanchez
He was ‘trying to leave something on’ the speedy Sanchez. It was a senseless and unnecessary act from an experienced footballer who has earned much praise recently for his performances, playing on with broken ribs.
Terry is an excellent defender who will often attempt to get away with as much as possible but with five officials for these European games, they should be able to see more of the dark arts.
Needless: Terry did not need to knee Sanchez from behind
The challenge on Sanchez wasn’t spotted by the referee, who was following play, but he was alerted by one of his colleagues.
The straight red, for violent conduct, will carry a three-game ban and ensure Terry misses the Champions League final.