Alan Shearer Perfectly Sums Up John Terry's 26th Minute Guard Of Honour
So, about John Terry's 26th minute guard of honour.
After an incredible trophy-laden career with Chelsea, Terry played his final game for The Blues on Sunday as they lifted the Premier League trophy. Needless to say, it was an emotional farewell.
Terry bowed out in bizarre fashion, though. In the 26th minute - his Chelsea squad number - Terry was substituted with his teammates forming a guard of honour, before passing on the captains armband to defensive colleague Gary Cahill.
(Watch Terry's emotional Stamford Bridge farewell via fan footage:)
Sure, it was a nice gesture to a club legend. But a bit corny and even a bit embarrassing especially when you factor in Sunderland manager David Moyes agreeing to be apart of the charade.
The situation has provoked a huge response with Alan Shearer having his say on the incident which is set to be investigated by the Football Association.
Terry thanks the crowd as he says goodbye to the Stamford Bridge faithfuls. Image: PA
The topic of discussion was the talk of Match of the day as Gary Lineker, Shearer and Ian Wright dissected Terry's controversial departure.
And the legendary Premier League striker has hit the nail on the head by claiming it 'undermines the integrity of the game' while acknowledging his brilliant playing career.
"First of all (Terry) has been an absolute giant of the Premier League, 717 appearances, 15 trophies, but I'm not sure about this," said the pundit on Match of the Day.
"Sunderland agreeing to kick the ball out on 26 minutes, I don't think anything should be done that could undermine the integrity of the game."
"I know it was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour, but it should have been before or after the game or in the last minute."
But Wright didn't agree with his sentiment saying, "I don't know if I'd disagree but Sunderland are down, they're champions - you know. I just think it's nice."
Do you agree with Shearer's stance? Or the fact it was an end of season affair with nothing riding on the game makes it alright?
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