SUS­PI­CION AROUSED

Terry’s sub­sti­tu­tion farewell to be in­ves­ti­gated af­ter bets placed

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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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