Hull boss Phil Brown admitted the level of interest in John Terry's appearance had taken him aback but denied it had any effect on the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the KC Stadium.
All eyes were, inevitably, on England skipper Terry in his second match since allegations over his private life were made public.
And Brown said: "You had the John Terry effect and you had the whole media circus that is surrounding this situation John finds himself in.
"For the team coach to come into the internal grounds of the KC Stadium and be followed by all the cameras.then you realise the intensity of the situation. But as far as we're concerned we were focused on playing football."