It is never easy playing for Chelsea. Every player playing for Chelsea is branded as a mercenary by the media and the misguided. Stronger is the feeling when the Chelsea player captains the England world cup squad.
So when a sleazy tabloid sets up a sting operation to capture live on camera John Terry's involvements in a "bribery scandal," it is sure to bring up a lot of emotion, questions, and sell a lot of copies for the newspaper. Bravo NewsoftheWorld— that was a job well done.
To set the record straight, consider the facts and the events.
"Chelsea hosts a large number of visitors at the training ground throughout the year, the majority of which are made up of club sponsors, our charity partners and supporters, The players play a big part in these visits and John Terry naturally has a leading role."—A spokesman representing Chelsea.
So, we know for a fact that key players and important club figures can give facility tours to anyone they like for free or for a fee.
So when two businessmen asked for a behind the scenes tour of the Cobham facility, and are willing to pay for the tour, there is nothing wrong with that. They just need to find someone willing to do that for them.
Enter Tony Bruce, who acts as the liaison between the businessmen and John Terry. If the businessmen were willing to make a charitable contribution to the charity of the tour conductors choice, then isnt it a win win for both parties? So, the video leads us to believe that John Terry's share of £8,000 will go to the "Make A Wish" charity that helps terminally ill children. In this economy £8,000 is not easy to come by.
What the video did not show is John Terry asking for or taking the amount. If John Terry has pocketed the £8,000 for himself then we all have a reason to feel angry over the English Captain. But the video simply does not show any evidence of such wrong doings.
Of course, Tony Bruce was supposed to pocket £2,000, but then again, he is a liaison not a charity organizer. He will obviously expect to get paid for his service.
The sour part of the video was the discussion to keep this hush-hush, but that is understandable. Nobody would want unwanted publicity stating that they are willing to give a facility tour for a standard contribution to a charity. It just makes one feel cheap. Sometimes in this economy, even cheap things might be necessary. Also, it does not show the parent company in good light as everyone will be viewing it from a "corporate money maker" angle.
John Terry did what was best for the charity and the enthusiastic fans. It was not his fault that the enthusiastic businessmen would turn out to be undercover reporters who were more keen on a story. All such vilification of John Terry should stop unless and until it has been proven than the money which "he claimed will go to charity" was pocketed by him.
Ancelotti and the Chelsea club have realised the truth and have given their 100 percent backing to the captain. This was the same club that slashed Adrian Mutu's contract when he was convicted of doping. It seems like the FA too are going to do the same and let Capello decide on what the right approach is. One cannot see Capello taking a different stand from the one taken by Carlo Ancelotti.
With the World Cup fast approaching, It would do the English loads of good if their media were to ensure that there are as little distractions to the football team as possible. But can the media resist from making such scandalous stories since their livelihood depends on it?