Let Terry lift the trophy
Chelsea have made an emotional plea for John Terry to lift the Champions League trophy if they beat Bayern Munich next month.
Stand-in skipper Frank Lampard wants his pal to collect the trophy in Munich’s Allianz Arena despite being sent off in Tuesday’s semi-final win over Barcelona.
Lamps said: “I’m devastated for JT. He is a huge player for this club and the central point as captain.
“A few players will miss the final but for John especially we know how much it means to him.
“He’s devastated and it was hard to console him on Tuesday but he will be there with us for the final and hopefully we can win it as a group.
“My ego doesn’t need to lift the trophy. I just want to be part of the team that wins the Champions League and if we do anyone can lift it.”
Fans’ representatives last night called on UEFA to waive the rule which bars the suspended Terry, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles from the presentation ceremony.
Dave Johnstone, editor of the cfc uk fanzine, said: “Everyone’s heart goes out to JT. No one deserves to lift the cup more than him and it will be an absolute travesty if UEFA ban him from the podium. It will be hard enough for him to sit out the final.
“John is Chelsea through and through and we will be singing his name to make him know how much we appreciate him.”
Chelsea’s suspended players will receive medals and be allowed in the dressing-room, but they cannot sit in the dug-out or go on the pitch for the presentation if they win.
Manchester United stars Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were prevented from going on the podium after the Red Devils beat Bayern in the 1999 final. - www.thesun.co.uk