Week 20: Prat – John Terry

by Charlie_East_West on May 19, 2013

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This week’s Prat of the Week award goes to Chelsea captain John Terry.

As Chelsea once again showed what money can buy in winning the Europa League, the story of their achievement was somewhat overshadowed by the maladroit behaviour of their captain John Terry. John Terry is never far from controversy – even when he hasn’t kicked a ball.

Terry, who was unable to play in the 2-1 win over Benfica because of an ankle injury, came out in full Chelsea kit after the final whistle to help lift the trophy at the Amsterdam Arena with captain Frank Lampard.

It is not the first time – as Terry did exactly the same following Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich – a game which he missed due to suspension.

Whatever next in the John Terry campaign to trespass his way into history? John Terry pitches up on a NASA moon landing? The ego has landed.

There are two sides to John Terry. As a footballer, he is the type of leader any supporter would want in their team. Unfortunately however, unless you are a Chelsea supporter, it is likely that Terry will be remembered for a catalogue of ego-driven off-field and on-field notorieties. His non-playing vain-glorious attempts to hog the limelight in two consecutive European finals are prattishness at its worst. He is a worthy winner of this week’s award, and deserves to be lampooned this week.

Whilst Terry did not break any law in doing what he did at the end of the Europa League final, it was exceedingly bad form. He should have looked at the previous examples of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. Both were suspended from the 1999 Champions League Final, and after Manchester United had won, they were rightly conspicuous by their absence.

John Terry does things to suit John Terry. He probably doesn’t care a jot about the perception surrounding his behaviour. But, he would be wise to remember the old adage – just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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