Terry would have been applauded overseas for affair, claims Blatter

12 February 2010 07:47
John Terry would have been applauded in some countries rather than sacked as national team captain for having an alleged affair, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Terry was fired by England head coach Fabio Capello after a week of negative headlines about the defender's alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-partner butthe Chelsea player has had support from an unlikely quarter.

The getaway: Terry is whisked straight onto his Dubai bound flight at Heathrow

Blatter, in Vancouver for the International Olympic Committee'ssession, joked that in countries such as France, Italy and Spain,Terry's conduct may not have been considered a problem.

Blatter told Press Association Sport: 'Listen, this is a specialapproach in the Anglo-Saxon countries. If this had happened in let'ssay Latin countries then I think he would have been applauded.'

He has been allowed to miss Chelsea's FA Cup match against Cardiff thisSaturday to take some time off after a series of stories relating tohis private life.

Waiting game: Terry was at fault in Chelsea's defeat at Everton on Wednesday night with his attentions switching to a looming showdown with his wife Toni

Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins said Terry discussed taking a break from club duties with manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Terry was sacked by Capello after a brief meeting with the England manager lastweek.

The 29-year-old has now been given time off by Chelsea to addressthe issues in his personal life and will miss his side's FA Cup tieagainst Cardiff this weekend.

Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins said: 'He will not play this weekend. Carlo Ancelotti is giving him a bit of time off.

The fear: Troubled Terry is set to discover his marriage fate as he leaves London

'"They just had a little chat, John and Carlo, and decided that would be the best for all concerned.'

Terry's wife fled last week to Dubai, where she has beenpictured on the beach following allegations that her husband had anextra-marital affair with lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel, theex-partner of England team-mate and Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge.

Terry had a serious look on his face as he was escorted to the plane at London's Heathrow airport shortly after 8.30am.

 PICTURE SPECIAL: Troubled Terry jets off to Dubai for marriage showdownTerry given time off for bad behaviour: Chelsea defender will miss FA Cup tie Chelsea still doing it my way, says former Blues boss Jose MourinhoCHELSEA FC

Source: Daily_Mail