Shop Assistant Reportedly Suspended for Calling John Terry a Pig

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  John Terry of Chelsea reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on May 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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A shop assistant has been suspended after insulting John Terry as he made his way around a swanky department store in Kingston, Surrey.

Elisha Ram received the punishment after calling the Chelsea centre-back a pig in front of Toni Terry, his spouse. The 23-year-old unleashed her remark because of what she "heard he'd done to his wife," reported by Andy Cric, Lynn Davidson and Jack Losh of the Sun (subscription required) and via 101 Great Goals.

Nick Sutton of BBC Radio 4 highlighted the incident which made front-page news on Friday morning:

It is likely Ram was referring to Terry's alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel. The former England captain "used to meet at her house" during an extramarital relationship that allegedly ended with Terry paying for his ex-team-mate and best friend's partner to have an abortion, per Caroline Gammell of the Telegraph. 

Although Bridge and Perroncel have since split, Terry and his wife remain together. Toni was said to give her husband "one more chance" after news of the affair broke, reported by Dan Newling of the Daily Mail. The player is something of a hate figure among rival supporters in England, fuelled by his betrayal and galvanised by his later FA charge for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, per BBC Sport.

It is said Terry made a formal complaint after Ram's outburst, noted in the 101 Great Goals' article. 

Despite his problematic history, Terry remains a key player for Chelsea. He recently signed a contract extension with the club after posting an excellent 2013-14 season, reported by FIFA:

Terry has a tremendous understanding with Jose Mourinho, who has improved the veteran defender's output since returning to Stamford Bridge. While Terry struggled for a consistent run of games during the previous season, Mourinho has reinstated the player to a leadership role. Terry knows this and indicates Mourinho has been "instrumental for me the last season," per BBC Sport.

The 33-year-old defender would likely have made Roy Hodgson's squad if he didn't retire from international football after the Ferdinand hearing, reported by BBC Sport. Instead of one last hurrah with the Three Lions, he is set to remain at home in preparation for another season at Stamford Bridge, a sweet deal for Chelsea fans who wish to see Terry's career prolonged.