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29th Apr 2022

John Terry pledges to help fund Roman Abramovich banner

Callum Boyle

John Terry Roman Abramovich

Nothing like celebrating a sanctioned oligarch

Former Chelsea defender John Terry has vowed to help fund a banner at Stamford Bridge commemorating the club’s outgoing owner, Roman Abramovich.

The Russian oligarch is selling the club after he was sanctioned by the UK government – having all his assets frozen – as a result of his close affiliation to Vladimir Putin following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However despite the relationship Abramovich has with Putin, many Chelsea fans haven’t been shy in showing their support to their owner.

From chanting his name inside grounds to publicly criticising the government’s decision, several of Chelsea’s former players have also been vocal in their support for Abramovich, Terry being one of those.

Supporters have been planning a way to commemorate the Russian’s two decades at the west London club and are actively looking for donations towards creating a big banner to ‘honour’ him.

Terry replied to a fan pledging for support

A Chelsea fan account tweeted: “I don’t usually ask for contributions but I’m looking to raise £3200 for a 100ft x 50ft crowd surfer to thank Mr Abramovich for all he’s done for Chelsea. I’ll put £500 towards it. If you feel you can contribute, please PayPal [email protected]. Any money over will go to charity.”

Terry, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, then pledged to support it himself and replied saying: “I’m in. The best owner.”

Unsurprisingly, Terry’s public advocation of Abramovich has been met with heavy backlash. In March, Labour MP Chris Bryant hit out at the former England international for his support.

He tweeted: “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.”

Plenty of others have also shown their disproval at Terry’s latest message and claimed that it doesn’t seem like he is aware of the ongoing events in Ukraine.

“Not too sure if John terry really knows what’s currently going on in Russia,” tweeted one user.

Another user tweeted: “Read the room John.”

Another person said: “I’m sure the millions of innocent Ukrainians being persecuted will agree with you.”

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