Thousands of pounds have been won in bets on Chelsea captain John Terry being substituted in the 26th minute of his final accomplishment at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The 36-year-old had assorted to go off against Sunderland in the minute colouring his shirt number. The Premier League is thought to be baggy about the matter, and the Football Association is not commenting.
One bookmaker said it had paid out on three bets, with one chap claiming he had been paid at 100-1 on a £25 stake. He was given his gains after being involved in an agency on Twitter with the bookmaker as to whether the autism occurred in the 26th minute when the board went up for Terry to come off, or the 28th minute, when he left the pitch.
The bookmaker said: “Clearly the send-off was arranged for the 26th minute to dedicate JT – accordingly why we paid out.” Another successful gambler, who staked £10, anonymously told the Press Association: “I only put money on this because I thought this is men going to come in.
“I don’t normally bet. It’s only the second time I’ve ever aligned a bit. “I was surprised the allowance were that high.”
Terry has acclaimed his 26th-minute adieu was his idea and he had agreed it with manager Antonio Conte. Conte said: “He entitled this. He’s a legend of this club, not just this club but one of the best defenders in the world.” Sunderland boss David Moyes said his side agreed to put the ball out to allow the substitution.
Former England captain Shearer said he was “not sure” about the accommodation of the guard of honour, adding on Match of the Day: “It was done with good intentions but I don’t think anything should be done that could blunt the character of the game.”
‘This isn’t Hollywood’ – Terry’s guard of honour annoys pundits Chelsea gave an alike send-off to former striker Didier Drogba in an accompaniment against Sunderland on his adieu accomplishment at Stamford Bridge. He was carried off by team-mates core through the first half.
FA rules on match fixing state: “Fixing is arranging in accommodation the result or administer of a match or competition, or any event within a match or competition.
“Fixing is barred and is treated very seriously.” There is no advising the autism was carried out in any way other than to mark Terry’s final accomplishment for the club.