U-turn by UEFA as Terry told he can lift Champions League trophy… but he might not be first
14:55 GMT, 26 April 2012
UEFA have performed a U-turn to allow John Terry to get his hands on the Champions League trophy should Chelsea beat Bayern Munich next month, but it is unclear if he will lead the side up to collect it.
Terry, sent off in Tuesday's semi-final win in Barcelona, will be unable to sit on the bench in Munich and will have to watch from the stands, along with Raul Meireles, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic, all suspended for picking up yellow cards.
A statement read: 'If Chelsea win the
2012 UEFA Champions League Final, John Terry will be allowed to lift
the trophy and collect the medal.'
Red mist: Terry will miss the Munich showpiece against Bayern
Frank Lampard, who will stand in for Terry as captain, said he did not mind who lifted the trophy if Chelsea were to win the European Cup for the first time.
'My ego doesn't need to lift it,' he said. 'I'd love to be part of the team that wins it and, if we do, anyone can lift it.'
Roy Keane and Paul Scholes did not take
part in the presentation ceremony when Manchester United won the
Champions League in 1999 because they were banned from the final.
And when Barcelona won at Wembley last
year, their captain Carles Puyol accepted the trophy and immediately
handed it to Eric Abidal to hoist into the air.
Abidal had come on as a late substitute after making an emotional return to the team following his fight against liver cancer.
Terry was shown a straight red card
during the first half of the semi-final against Barcelona when he kneed
Alexis Sanchez in the back.
Wearing the armband: Lampard will skipper Chelsea in Terry's absence
Despite the setback, 10-man Chelsea went on to record a famous result as they held the hosts to a 2-2 draw as Fernando Torres struck a late goal to progress 3-2 on aggregate. Afterwards, Terry, 31, apologised to fans.
'It does look bad on the replay,' he said. 'I raised my knee but hopefully the people out there who know me, know I'm not that kind of player.
'At the time I was bewildered, but looking at the replay it looks a red card. On a personal note, of course (it hurts I miss the final), but we deserve to be in the Champions League final. I really hope that doesn't take away from this win.'
UEFA's control and disciplinary body will decide the length of Terry's suspension on May 31.
European football's governing body have the power to extend the punishment, which would apply to next season's European Super Cup and possibly early Champions League or Europa League matches.