Date: 17th September 2008 at 12:04pm
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John Terry, being England captain, seems to believe he can do anything without consequences and punishment. And disturbingly, he seems to be right.

Was there any consequence when he tried to take the red card out of the referee’s hands at Old Trafford last season, when John Obi Mikel was rightly sent off? No, nothing. Chelsea were charged for ‘failing to control their players’ and got a nominal punishment.

They regularly escape despite harassing referees, shouting at them, something in which John Terry is always a leader – this is his greatest leadership quality it seems.

Now, one referee, in this case Mark Halsey, unexpectedly had the guts to send Saint John of England off at the weekend. He committed a professional foul, he was shown the red card as it should be with every player.

Of course, Chelsea appealed the decision, and not surprisingly, the card was rescinded, clearing Terry to face United on Sunday. It is the third time in recent years that Chelsea successfully appealed against a Halsey dismissal which shows that there is little point in sending off a Chelsea player…

The last time United tried to argue a case of wrongful dismissal we were rejected and both Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney had to serve three-match bans. In that case neither offence warranted a straight red – and the incidents occurred in a pre-season tournament, in the same tournament at which Steven Gerrard and Neil Mellor had been sent off two years previously yet both had escaped without punishment.

Call me paranoid but there’s a trend there.