Eng­land leg­end gives Rus­sia’s £3-a-dol­lop ketchup a red card

Daily Express - - COME ON ENGLAND - By Jerry Lawton

ENG­LAND foot­ball leg­end Terry Butcher has warned fans trav­el­ling to the World Cup to take their own ketchup – be­cause Rus­sian restau­rants charge £3 a dol­lop.

The for­mer de­fender had a stand-up row with wait­ers over the ex­tor­tion­ate cost of the rel­ish.

Terry, 59, who is work­ing as a TV pun­dit at the tour­na­ment, nipped into a Moscow diner for a Cae­sar salad and fries when the sticky prob­lem arose.

He said: “I had some naughty fries, so I thought I’d ask for ketchup.

“So they brought the ketchup and I had a cola and some cof­fee – lovely.

“Great meal – re­ally en­joyed it – and I got the bill and I said, ‘What’s this charge here?’ And they said it was for the ketchup!

“I said, ‘no, no, no, you can’t charge me for the ketchup’. “The wait­ress said, ‘yes we do’.” The wait­ress then called the restau­rant man­ager over.

“He said yes, they charge £2 or £3 for ketchup,” Terry said.

“But for me it wasn’t the money, it was the prin­ci­ple.

“I said, ‘It’s not on the menu and if it’s not on the menu I can’t pay for it be­cause I don’t know the price’.

“So we had a big ar­gu­ment – standup ar­gu­ment – and my tem­per was get­ting worse and worse. They took it off, to be fair, be­cause they ad­mit­ted it wasn’t on the menu. “So I was happy. I won.” He then spoke to other din­ers, who con­firmed that it is com­mon in Rus­sia to charge for ketchup.

“So lis­ten,” Terry warned. “Any­body in Rus­sia, do not ask for ketchup be­cause you have to pay for the stuff.

“Just get a bot­tle, sneak it in your pocket and put it on the plate.

“And any­body now – if they men­tion ketchup to me, I’m go­ing to hit them.’’

The for­mer Ip­swich Town and Glas­gow Rangers de­fender was capped 77 times for his coun­try over a 10-year spell.

Terry Butcher had stand-up ar­gu­ment

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