John Terry: Chelsea rule out supportive T-shirts

Chelsea have rejected a proposal from their players to wear T-shirts in support of captain John Terry.

The Blues are backing their skipper, who is facing a racially aggravated public order charge.

But a spokesman said: "We didn't think wearing T-shirts was an appropriate or helpful show of that support."

Liverpool were criticised after their players wore T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez following his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Analysis

Circumstances ensure that Terry's treatment will now be a consistent narrative running through Chelsea's games - but he has proved that it has no adverse effect on his performances

The Uruguay striker, 24, clashed with Manchester United defender Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield on 15 October.

Liverpool's squad wore the T-shirts during the warm-up before Wednesday's Premier League game at Wigan, which drew criticism from a number of black footballers, including Paul McGrath and Jason Roberts.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has since moved to defend his players.

Chelsea do not want to risk something that could be construed as provocative or a potential contempt of court ahead of Terry's hearing at a west London magistrates court on 1 February.

Terry is alleged to have used racist language towards Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road on 23 October, and has vowed to fight the charge "tooth and nail".