Former England & Chelsea Captain John Terry has been criticized by a British Labor MP for posting a photo of himself with Roman Abramovich.
Chris Bryant told the Commons he was “baffled” why Mr Abramovich “hasn’t been sanctioned yet”, with the Russian-Israeli billionaire announcing his intention to sell Chelsea on Wednesday.
Former Minister Bryant asked Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries: “I wonder if she would condemn John Terry today. I don’t know if she saw this, but today he posted a photo of himself with Roman Abramovich, who is one of Putin’s cronies.
“What will the people of Ukraine think of the former England football captain?”
Mr Abramovich could face UK government sanctions due to his proximity to the Russian state, although he is also said to have been trying to negotiate a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine.
Terry has expressed his gratitude to Abramovich after the Russian announced he is selling Chelsea after 19 years at the club.
On one of the most historic days in Chelsea history, Abramovich confirmed he has put the club up for sale after it was revealed that Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and American businessman Todd Boehly have teamed up to launch a takeover bid.
Abramovich said it was an “incredibly difficult decision” which “pains him” and said he will not ask for his £1.5billion loan to the club to be repaid.
Abramovich is under mounting pressure to sell Chelsea amid looming government sanctions. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he faces demands to freeze and confiscate his assets and cut ties with Britain.
Chelsea won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions Leagues and the Europa League during the Abramovich era.
Terry and Abramovich have won almost everything together and the former Blues captain was one of the first ex-Chelsea players to react to the news.
After Chelsea announced the news, Terry sent a heartfelt reply to Abramovich on Instagram.
Terry said: “Thanks Roman @chelseafc. The best owner in the WORLD.”
Message to Chelsea fans in his statement, Abramovich said: “Please know this has been an incredibly difficult decision and it pains me to part ways with the club in this way. However, I believe it is in the best interest of the club.
“I hope to be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to say a personal farewell to all of you. It has been a privilege of my life to be a part of Chelsea FC and I am proud of all our achievements together. Chelsea Football Club and its fans will always be in my heart.
“Thank you Roman.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/john-terry-slammed-for-social-media-message-of-support-for-roman-abramovich-41408073.html John Terry slammed for a social media message in support of Roman Abramovich