Terry silences boo-boys as Chelsea captain plays for first time after FA race verdict
14:39 GMT, 29 September 2012
John Terry was greeted by jeers as he took to the field in Saturday's match between Arsenal and Chelsea just two days after he was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA.
But the Blues skipper had the last laugh as his side emerged 2-1 winners but not before Gunners fans had their say, giving him the usual jeers and insults.
Shhhh: John Terry helped Chelsea to a tight victory
Backed to the hilt: Chelsea fans supported Terry
'You know what you are,' sung the
Arsenal supporters, alluding to the guilty verdict from the FA in the
Anton Ferdinand race row case.
Chelsea fans responded by reminding the north Londoners of Terry's success both domestically and in Europe.
Big win: Terry celebrates with Fernando Torres
Here you go: Terry gives a fan his boots after the game
But the visitors backed their captain
loudly, singing 'John Terry has won the double,' as they mocked their
rivals for their lack of silverware in the last seven years.
The Emirates ended up with 'Champions of Europe, we know what we are' echoing around it as Chelsea secured their victory.
Blues fans also reserved some anger
for the Football Association, who slapped Terry with a four-game ban and
220,000 fine for 'misconduct'.
'F*** the FA, f*** the FA, one England captain, f*** the FA,' they chanted.
Terry is yet to decide whether he will appeal against the FA punishment for the Ferdinand incident.
Funnily enough, it was Terry who was partially culpable for Gervinho's goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cut the ball in from the right and both Terry and his defensive partner David Luiz just backed away, leaving the Ivorian all the time in the world to turn and slam home.
It cancelled out Fernando Torres' opener, scored after poor defending from Arsenal. Juan Mata netted the winner with a free-kick which snuck in at the far post after a nick off of Laurent Koscielny.
Terry finished off by taking off his boots and handing them to a young Chelsea fan in the crowd.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said after the game of Terry's performance: 'Very good. He showed his leadership today again and I was right to pick him.'
Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus
Shrug it off: Terry started for Chelsea despite the FA verdict
Pre-match: All Arsenal players appear to shake hands with Terry.
1 min: First touch is jeered by the Arsenal fans, who sing: 'John Terry, you know what you are.' Chelsea fans respond with: 'There's only one England captain.'
4: Clears Carl Jenkinson's cross.
15: Cuts out Aaron Ramsey's cross.
18: Arsenal fans scream for a foul as Terry halts Gervinho's run on the edge of the box but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.
27: Calmly chests the ball back to Petr Cech.
42: GOAL – Fooled by the movement of Gervinho, allowing the striker to control Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross and equalise.
48: Close to getting on the end of Juan Mata's corner.
67: Gives the ball away after calmly bringing it out of defence.
72: Blocks Theo Walcott's shot.
76: Nods the ball back to Victor Moses, who inexplicably heads goalward from 20 yards.
78: Heads away Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.
86: Clearance from Walcott's cross bounces back to Cech.
Post-match: Applauds the Chelsea fans and walks over to them, removes his boots and gives them to a young boy in the crowd. Crowd sings: 'There's only one England captain.'