John Terry to fund Roman Abramovich’s new banner at Stamford Bridge
Former Chelsea captain John Terry has offered to help pay for a new Roman Abramovich banner to be displayed at Stamford Bridge.
Terry won 17 trophies during his Chelsea career. All but one of those triumphs came after Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
In total, the Blues have won 21 team trophies since the Russian’s arrival. This journey includes five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two Champions Leagues, two Europa Leagues and a FIFA Club World Cup.
But Abramovich is expected to part ways with Chelsea as soon as the club becomes the subject of an ongoing bidding war.
Chelsea owner Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government in March in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich has been alleged to have been an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, although the sanctioned Chelsea owner has denied this and has since tried to help with peace talks between the warring nations.
Days before being sanctioned, Abramovich announced his intention to sell Chelsea after almost two decades of ownership.
In a statement, Abramovich pledged to donate “all net proceeds” from the sale to a new charitable foundation to help “all victims of the war in Ukraine”.
Reacting to the statement in March, Terry tweeted a photo of himself and Abramovich, along with the words, “The best.”
Terry was criticized by politician Chris Bryant at the time.
Labor MP Bryant said of Terry: “He posted a photo with Abramovich, who is one of Putin’s cronies. What will the Ukrainian people think of the former England football captain?”
Bryant told Terry to delete his tweet, but the former Chelsea skipper hit back at Bryant by bringing up his voting record and spending history.
And Terry has now doubled down on his defense of Abramovich by pledging to fund a tribute to the 55-year-old.
A Twitter user representing the ‘cfcuk Fanzine’ wrote on Friday: “I don’t normally ask for contributions but am looking to raise £3200 for a 100ft x 50ft crowd surfer to thank Mr Abramovich for all his help. what he did for Chelsea.
“I’ll put £500 into it. If you feel you can contribute, please pay via PayPal [email protected] All money will go to charity.”
Terry replied, “I’m in. Best owner.”
If this Terry-backed plan comes to fruition, it wouldn’t be the first time a banner showing support for Abramovich has been unfurled at Stamford Bridge.
A Russian flag reading ‘THE ROMAN EMPIRE’ has been displayed in the stadium for over a decade and was still present during Chelsea’s last home game.