John Terry has been criticised for a Twitter post praising Roman Abramovich by Labour MP Chris Bryant.
Terry published the post on his account on Thursday morning. Alongside a photo of himself and Abramovich with the Premier League trophy, he wrote: “The Best” with three blue heart emojis.
During Abramovich’s 19-year tenure as Chelsea owner, the Blues have become one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Terry was at the club from the very beginning. He captained Chelsea to their first top division title in 50 years in 2005. The Blues, under the management of Jose Mourinho, retained their crown in 2006.
In total, the centre-back won 14 trophies with Chelsea. Terry lifted the Champions League title in 2012. It was his first European title. However, he missed the final due to suspension. Terry won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013.
He is one of the greatest defenders in the club’s history.
Why has Terry’s post attracted criticism?
Terry’s post has attracted criticism. That is because of the circumstances behind Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell Chelsea.
The Russian confirmed the decision in a statement on the club’s official website. He said the move was “in the best interests” of the club.
He has been under increasing pressure to relinquish control of the club, or sell it, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich is alleged to have strong links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, although he has always denied these claims.
Labour MP urges Terry to take post down
In response to Terry’s post, Labour MP Chris Bryant was one of many who aired his criticism. In addition, he urged Terry to delete the post.
He said: “This is appalling. I think John Terry you should take this down ASAP. The people of Ukraine are being bombed, shelled and murdered while you celebrate Abramovich.”
In the House of Commons last week, he questioned why Abramovich is able to continue owning a football club in England.
Following Abramovich’s confirmation that he would be selling Chelsea, Bryant tweeted: “The only statement I want to hear from Roman Abramovich is ‘this invasion is illegal, Vladimir Putin send the Russian troops home immediately’.”
Finally, he quote tweeted the view of H from Steps, who had questions for the UK government surrounding Russian oligarchs.
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