Pundit slams Terry’s Chelsea send-off as “embarrassing”

Former Newcastle United player and talkSPORT host Micky Quinn has ripped apart John Terry and Chelsea for Sunday’s ‘farcical’ antics.

The 36-year-old defender played his final game for the Blues at the weekend, closing the curtain on a 22-year association with the West London outfit.

Terry had limited game time under manager Antonio Conte this season, but he was handed a starting spot for Sunday’s season finale against Sunderland.

Conte’s men ended up winning 5-1, but they raised some eyebrows in the 26th minute when Terry was substituted and given a guard of honour from his teammates in the process.

The defender revealed after the final whistle that it was his idea to come off at that time because it matched his shirt number.

Sunderland boss David Moyes, who has since resigned from his position, admitted that the two clubs agreed to put the ball out of play prior to the match in order to allow Terry to have his send-off.

Quinn was not impressed and he made his feelings known in a column written for the Chronicle:

“The scenes we witnessed at Stamford Bridge represented farce of the very highest order. John Terry has been a top-quality centre-back for a decade-and-a-half, he has been an exceptional leader, and he has been one of the toughest competitors to play the game this century.

“But the guard of honour in the 26th minute was embarrassing. That should never, ever happen during a competitive football match.”