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John Terry, Yet another controversy

Updated on December 6, 2012
(C) The Sun, newspaper, and Tom Johnston
(C) The Sun, newspaper, and Tom Johnston

It would seem that England Captain John Terry is no stranger to controversy. As one of British Football's well known personalities, the press are always interested in any gossip concerning Terry. The juicier the better, I guess is the paparazzi opinion.

The end of 2009 saw allegations in the press that Terry had been taking money which he should not have done. Set up by the press Terry walked straight into the sting and was promptly stung.

Terry survived the accusations but all too soon he is in trouble again.

John Terry
John Terry
John Terry and Toni Poole on their wedding day
John Terry and Toni Poole on their wedding day
Wayne Bridges
Wayne Bridges
The lady in question Vanessa Perroncel
The lady in question Vanessa Perroncel
England manager Fabio Cappello
England manager Fabio Cappello

So who is John Terry?

John Terry is a 29 year old British Premier League footballer. He plays for, and is captain of, London team Chelsea. With the World Cup on the horizon, it is also worth mentioning, that he is the England Football Team's Captain as well.

Here in lies the rub.

A couple of weeks ago the British press managed to acquire information that married man Terry had been having an affair. This was with one of his England team's ex girlfriends. The footballer in question is Wayne Bridge and his ex is called Vanessa Perroncel.

Attempts were made to keep Terry's name out of the press but the courts finally decided to lift the ban against naming Terry.

Apart from all of the obvious issues, my first thoughts, as an old married woman, was to Terry's poor wife. It must be bad enough for your husband to have an affair without it becoming public gossip.

In true Kiss and Tell style, Perroncel has offered her story to the press for a price. I guess it is a case of The Price is Right and the story will go to the highest bidder. Max Clifford is handling all of the sordid details for her. For a fee I guess, but maybe not. It may be out of the goodness of his heart.

Since this story broke the paper's have been full of John Terry news.

With the world experiencing so many problems such as Haiti, war in Afghanistan and Iraq and more I find it hard to believe that this story warrants the attention it is receiving.

Of course all of this publicity by the press guarantees an audience.

Much of the debate has been whether or not Terry is fit to be the England Captain. Secondary is the issue of whether or not his team mates and manager still have confidence in him.

England manager Fabio Cappello is set to meet with Terry in the near future and a decision will be made.

What nonsense.

If Terry had raped someone, or killed someone due to drink driving, then I could understand the furore. However simply letting his sex organs rule his head may be silly but that is all it is.

In the past we have had:-

  • Prince Charles having a long standing affair with Camilla, when he was married to Di. Camilla was a friend of hers.
  • Team Captain David Beckham allegedly having an affair.
  • Bill Clinton and the whole Lewinsky palaver.

I do not mention these people in order to pass judgement but simply to show that Terry's behaviour is nothing new.

Some people seem to feel that Terry has compromised his Captaincy.

I can understand this is some ways. It may be that Terry has lost some his standing in the team. However that does not seem to be the case.

Foreign teams must be laughing their heads off.

With the early rounds of the World Cup on the horizon opposing teams must be enjoying all of this nonsense. The British press is doing a great job of destroying the England team before the matches even start to be played.

When Terry and Chelsea played at my home ground last week the home fans gave Terry a hard time. Shouting abuse at the team, Chelsea only managed a draw.They should have won. Perhaps then this hail of abuse did the trick. This could be a concern for Cappello. However it is up to him to decide and decide quickly. This nonsense needs to be stopped.

In the middle of this are couples and children and such publicity is unnecessary in today's society. It must aldo be very painful for all concerned.

Such extra marital behaviour is all too common these days. This fact makes me wonder just why it is getting blown out of all proportion.

Probably because somewhere along the line there is money to be made.

Update:-This Hub crashed as I was trying to complete it. No doubt due to press reports regarding Terry which were filtering through. It would seem Terry has been stripped of the Cpataincy on 5th February 2010.

So what do you think?

Should John Terry lose his England Captaincy?

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Jay and Barbara. Yes it would seem that he has been a very naughty boy but he has paid the price of losing England's captaincy.

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      8 years ago from Bristol England

      I think what started people to get heated about John Terry was the fact he tried so hard to keep it out of the press. He thought he could buy himself out of trouble. Next he accepted a father of the year award, even though he knew he was cheating on his wife and that his girlfriend had had an abortion. A very well written hub Ethel

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      well done Ethel!! It is a balley-hoo...and the ones who benefit are the ones who already have the $...paprazzi...sponsors...bookies...and as you said already the ones who are harmed are the you my heart goes out to the wife and kids...

      same thing went on on this side of the pond with tiger woods...that rumour abour woods wife and a soccer player was news to me!!

      love to you...

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks to you all. Of course we are still friends Hello.

      I am not saying that his behaviour is appropriate just that many others have behaved as badly and still kept their seat in parliament, their royal throne or what you will.They too represent England so what about them?

      I don't know about TW. I think that may be just sensationalism.

      Patricias I wrote that sarcastic sentence so that I could not be sued by MC lol

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      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      I even a version of the story saying JT was equally having an affair with Tiger Wood's wife. How rtue is this?

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      It was only because of JT can't stop wandering which he done dozen of time. I think the real blow was that he paid her for having an abortion. I agree with Mr Capello to put some respect back into football because these 'celebraties' are behaving disgustingly. I know time has changed but I think there is still a limit. He should have thought about the children - his and she should have thought about her son. Thank you for your well written hub but somehow I have to disagree with you. Sorry, ethel. I hope, we still will be friends.

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      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      Didn't know of this, but thanks for the info. All too common, that is for sure.

    • 2patricias profile image


      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Interesting and timely Hub. We both wondered what all the fuss was about - sadly this sort of thing happens all the time.

      Sad that the news media seem to ignore the hurt of his wife and family.

      You have included one amazing sentence - you've put the words Max Clifford and 'goodness of his heart' in the same line. (ha ha).


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