The Straits Times
Published on Oct 21, 2012

Chelsea right to keep Terry as captain: Di Matteo


LONDON (AFP) - Roberto Di Matteo has backed the decision of the Chelsea board to allow John Terry to retain the club captaincy despite being found guilty of using racially abusive language.

Terry missed Chelsea's 4-2 win at Tottenham, which preserved their unbeaten start to the Premier League season and maintained their four-point lead at the head of the table, as he started the four-match ban imposed following his clash with QPR's Anton Ferdinand last October.

But Blues chairman Bruce Buck had revealed before the game that the club's internal punishment of Terry would extend only to a 'very heavy fine' and not see the player stripped of the captaincy.

And Di Matteo endorsed the move whilst insisting the decision lay with the board.