SKIPPER'S RED CARD PUZZLE

Posted on: Wed 08 Nov 2006

John Terry has been speaking about his confusion and disappointment over his White Hart Lane dismissal on Sunday.

Though once given his marching orders for England Under 21s early in his career, the Chelsea captain's second yellow card in the London derby resulted in the first sending-off of his 288 game club career.

The initial yellow card was awarded by referee Graham Poll for a 62nd minute challenge. The second followed a Chelsea free-kick nine minutes later.

'The first foul on Berbatov was a yellow card, no doubt about it,' Terry has told Chelsea TV.

'The second one, I am still really baffled by it. I have looked at it myself over and over again.

'Me and Ledley [King] fell to the floor, we got up, we had words but I used to play Sunday football with him and it was just the pair of us shouting at each other.

'I walked away. Chimbonda pushed me in the back and I carried on running.

'On the pitch, Graham Poll said to me [the second yellow card] was for the barge on Ghaly where I kept running.

'After the game he said it was for the fall when me and Ledley King fell.

'I am just really disappointed that it is my first time sent-off for Chelsea.'

Terry will serve a one-match suspension for the red card, missing Wednesday evening's Carling Cup game against Aston Villa.

by Paul Mason