It is fair to say that emotions were running high at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
John Terry, captain, leader and legend of Chelsea signed off after two decades of service to the club. Despite a comfortable win for the champions and a celebratory crowning moment, many on social media were intrigued by the way the former England man departed the pitch.
During the 26th minute of the game, Sunderland intentionally kicked the ball out of play, allowing John Terry to be substituted and the entire Chelsea team to form a guard of honour for the 36-year-old as he left the pitch.
The 26th Minute farewell for John Terry. pic.twitter.com/zl18Q8LTTo
— – (@TacticalAC) May 21, 2017
While some were happy to let the moment pass and considered it a fitting tribute to a man who has served his club superbly, others were bemused and moaned at a lack of professionalism.
Twitter was awash with opinion on Sunday evening from journalists, pundits and fans as to whether the moment was deserved or self-indulgent…
So can I just get this straight? Moyes agreed Sunderland would put ball out in the 26th minute so John Terry could have a send-off? Really?
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 21, 2017
@GaryLineker are you going to interrupt the show after 26 minutes for a John Terry tribute?
— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) May 21, 2017
Love John Terry as a player but this is ridiculous. You don't stop a game to give guard of honour send-offs. pic.twitter.com/oCTKpJD4U9
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 21, 2017
"This isn't Hollywood – it's a Premier League fixture!"
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 21, 2017
John Terry subbed on for Chelsea today to receive a guard of honour… pic.twitter.com/kx1BltPm3e
— Team FA (@TeamFA) May 21, 2017
John Terry is getting a guard of honour from Chelsea players DURING the game
I'm not making this up#CHESUN
— Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) May 21, 2017
The whole John Terry thing today is abit bizarre, whats going on with football this season?
— Mase (@MattMason1994) May 21, 2017