Chelsea says no to Terry T-shirts

Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 14:07 PM IST

London: Chelsea has confirmed it rejected a proposal for its players to wear T-shirts in support of captain John Terry, who faces racism charges.

Some of the Blues squad and staff had raised the prospect of donning T-shirts showing their backing for Terry, who has been charged with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

Liverpool was heavily criticised in some quarters for allowing its players to wear T-shirts in support of Luis 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, a news agency reported.

Chelsea, which fully backs Terry in his fight to clear his name, did not want to risk emulating something that could be viewed as provocative ahead of Terry`s hearing at a West London magistrates court Feb 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."

IANS