John Terry has insisted that he “couldn’t care less” about critics of his Stamford Bridge farewell and has claimed that he would have even come off after one minute if he felt that was the right way to go.
Chelsea captain Terry was substituted in the 26th minute, to correspond with his shirt number, of his final appearance for the club at Stamford Bridge before leaving in the summer.
The farewell prompted criticism and has become the subject of an investigation, with the Football Association looking into bets placed on the substitution.
At least three punters won thousands of pounds betting on the change, which was leaked on social media ahead of Chelsea’s victory over Sunderland.
But asked about criticism over his farewell, Terry told the Sun newspaper: “I couldn’t care less, I promise you. I couldn’t care. All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans.
“Me and them have an unbelievable rapport and have had for 22 years and no-one, whatever you write or someone says or someone’s opinion, can ever get in the way of that.
“So if that’s the way I wanted to go out, that’s the way I go out. You know what, because I’ve been 22 years here, won so many trophies, if I wanted to play one minute and come off I would have done.
“I wanted to play 26 minutes and come off because it is the shirt number. The supporters, as long as they are happy, I am over the moon with the reception I got. I promise you I couldn’t care less.”