John Terry to wear anti-racism armband on Chelsea return for Champions League trip
John Terry will be asked by Uefa to wear an anti-racism armband if he captains Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
All club captains will be asked to wear a ‘United Against Racism’ armband as part of a week of action by European anti-discrimination body FARE.
Terry last week accepted a four-match ban for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, but the suspension only applies to domestic matches meaning he is eligible to play for Chelsea in the Champions League tomorrow, and he would be expected to skipper the side.
Uefa said in a statement: “Every team will be accompanied onto the pitch by children wearing ‘Unite Against Racism’ T-shirts and the captains will be asked to wear a ‘Unite Against Racism’ branded armband.”
The campaign will be promoted at 40 matches across the Champions League and Europa League this week, with films broadcast on giant screens and special announcements made on stadium loudspeakers to encourage fans to join Uefa in its call to unite against racism in football.
Anton Ferdinand was the victim of racial abuse from Terry in a league match last October.
The Kick It Out T-shirt campaign in the Premier League at the weekend came days after ugly scenes in Serbia where Danny Rose was sent off at the end of an England Under-21 match during which he complained of racist abuse from the crowd.
And Northumbria Police said they were investigating one report of racist abuse from a supporter during the 1-1 draw between Sunderland and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.