Leave Terry alone: Wilkins

09:27, March 09, 2010      

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John Terry has suffered enough abuse over his alleged extra-marital affair and it is time for fans to stop jeering the Chelsea skipper, insists Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

Chelsea's captain, John Terry, pulls the shirt of Stoke City's Ricardo Fuller during their FA Cup quarterfinal at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday. Chelsea won 2-0.

Terry has been subjected to relentless boos and jokes about his well-publicized alleged liaison with former teammate Wayne Bridge's ex-partner by supporters of Chelsea's opponents - not to mention England fans after he was stripped of the international captaincy in the fall-out.

"I would like to think it's over," Wilkins said of the abuse. "It's served its course. But it's happening and John's just getting on with the situation.

"I'm obviously not too happy about it but there's nothing whatsoever I can do about it, unfortunately.

"I think he's dealing with the situation in the only way he possibly can; getting on with his football and committing himself to the cause.

"He's an exceptional captain and we're delighted to have him on board. He leads these players on the pitch in a fantastic fashion."

Terry had a rare moment of cheer on Sunday as he inspired Chelsea to a 2-0 win over Stoke City in their FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

The centerhalf set up the first goal for midfielder Frank Lampard in the 35th minute and headed in his England colleague's corner in the 67th to earn Carlo Ancelotti's side a Wembley semifinal against Aston Villa.

Terry was subjected to jeers throughout by the Stoke fans and pointed out his captain's armband to them as he celebrated his goal.

"I think he was just taking a litle bit of stick from the Stoke supporters and he just demonstrated in that fashion," Wilkins said.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis said Terry had to come to terms with his treatment, be it from opposing sides' supporters or even England fans.

"John will have to accept that he's going to take stick," the Potters boss said.

"He took stick from England supporters the other night but he'll get over that. If England go to the World Cup and do brilliant and win it and John's part of it, then he'll be a hero."

Meanwhile, Wilkins said FA Cup holders Chelsea were determined to retain their trophy and were not taking the competition lightly, despite them gunning for a Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup treble.

The holders have qualified for the FA Cup semifinals in nine of the past 17 seasons and are bidding for third final in four years.

Source: China Daily
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