John Terry has been heavily criticised by a Labour MP for praising Roman Abramovich as ‘the best’ following his announcement he has put Chelsea up for sale, with the politician then asking in Parliament: ‘What will the people of Ukraine think of the former England football captain?’
The Russian billionaire released a statement on Wednesday evening in which he said he is looking to sell the Premier League side and that he is writing off the £1.5billion debt he is owed by the club.
It came as Abramovich – who has reported links to the Russian regime – is seeking to distance himself from Vladimir Putin and sanctions imposed on Russia by the west over its devastating and illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Chelsea fans immediately responded to the statement by expressing their gratitude towards Abramovich, with the club winning 21 trophies since he became owner back in 2003.
And few were more glowing in their praise than former Chelsea captain Terry, who captained them to 16 trophies under Abramovich – including five Premier League titles – and said: ‘Thank you Roman. The Best Owner in the WORLD.’
However, the former Blues and England centre-back’s statement has been criticised, with MP Chris Bryant leading the condemnation as Ukrainians continue to lose their lives following Russia’s invasion last week.
‘I think @JohnTerry26 you should take this down ASAP,’ Mr Bryant said. ‘The people of Ukraine are being bombed, shelled and murdered while you celebrate Abramovich.’
John Terry has been criticised by a Labour MP for praising Roman Abramovich as ‘the best’