Chelsea star admits he influenced referee

Chelsea captain John Terry revealed he told referee Phil Dowd to show a second yellow card to Chico Flores during yesterday’s 1-0 win over Swansea City, reports the Guardian.

Flores was shown a second yellow card after 16 minutes during yesterdays clash at the Liberty Stadium, after a rash challenge on Andre Schurrle, just two minutes after he had been booked for a cynical foul on Chelsea’s Willian.

Dowd looked as though he was going to allow the Spanish defender to stay on the pitch, until Terry intervened and had his say on the matter.

Asked about his part in the Flores incident, Terry said: “I just said, ‘It’s a second yellow for me’. He gave him one a couple minutes before on the halfway line and that one just outside the box is probably even more a yellow than the other one.

“Fair play to Phil, the ref, it was a big decision to make and I thought he made the right one and credit goes to him for that.

“I’m speaking as a Chelsea player, but when we all sit back and look at it then it’s definitely two yellows. It’s simple as that. If it’s a minute, two, five minutes into the game and it is a yellow or red card then it doesn’t matter. Thankfully we managed to take advantage.”

A Demba Ba strike in the second half was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 win, and take them to within two points of leaders Liverpool.

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