Terry’s substitution farewell to be investigated after bets placed
THE England FA are investigating John Terry’s controversial substitution on Sunday against Sunderland. Disciplinary chiefs have asked bookmakers for information on bets received before the Chelsea captain went off in the 26th minute of his farewell game to coincide with his squad number.
The investigation comes after Paddy Power confirmed they had paid out a combined total of £3,500 (RM19,250) to three punters who bet on the time Terry would be substituted at odds of 100-1.
The Gambling Commission was contacted on Monday, which insisted it was an issue for the FA.
However, the fact the FA are now probing the matter may force the Gambling Commission into a rethink.
Intriguingly, the official Twitter page of popular Chelsea fanzine cfcuk correctly predicted Terry’s 26th minute substitution at 2.24pm on Sunday — just over 30 minutes before kick-off.
The editor of the fanzine, Dave Johnstone, was contacted about the tweet but declined to reveal how the publication obtained the information, saying: ‘It was fantastic foresight.’
In defence of the contrived substitution, Johnstone added: ‘Why not do that for one of the best centre-backs this country has ever produced?’
The Premier League is understood to be relaxed about the issue, believing the substitution does not threaten the integrity of the game and that it was merely a celebratory moment that had no impact on the outcome.
It is understood, Terry’s 26th minute substitution, to coincide with No 26 squad number, was agreed by the defender and manager Antonio Conte at the end of last week.
Sunday was Terry’s final game at Stamford Bridge and there was a desire to mark the occasion given his standing at Chelsea.
It was inspired by Didier Drogba’s departure substitution in 2014 when he was carried off by his teammates in his final appearance for the club.
But it is claimed the ploy had been kept secret until just before kick-off, making it even more remarkable that the successful bets and the tweet from cfcuk were made.
There is no suggestion Terry was involved in leaking the information regarding his substitution. Daily Mail
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