Terry panned for embarrassing dive

After the handshake row with Anton Ferdinand, Chelsea’s John Terry was slated by another QPR player for an ‘embarrassing’ dive during the match.

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John Terry penalty appeal

Terry was in the penalty box for a set piece, marked by Hoops defender Ryan Nelsen when he went to ground.

No foul was awarded by referee Kevin Friend as the Blues captain fell, and his opposite number Nelsen said it was nothing he didn’t expect from Terry.

“If you ask John, he just fell down. I was holding him, of course, but he just fell down.,” Nelsen said. “He does it to everybody in their box.

“I said to him ‘That was a bit embarrassing, John’ and he laughed when he ran off.

“The ref was smart enough to see it. Terry was nowhere near the ball, was never going to win it, so he just fell down. He was just trying to get a penalty.

“John’s bigger than me and made me look really strong, actually. But if the ref gives that, it’s ridiculous.

“If you really know the game, that’s never a penalty.”

But the replays of the incident appear to tell a different story. Nelsen has his arms wrapped around Terry, and seems to impede him as he goes after the ball.

There was no shortage of controversy surrounding the fixture, but Terry can perhaps consider himself unlucky on the penalty appeal.

Nelsen, meanwhile, also reserved particular praise for Ferdinand, saying that the defender had responded well to the extra pressure the fixture had placed upon him.

The Kiwi added: “With all the unnecessary pressure that was put on him, because Anton didn’t deserve this, he was great. It showed the character of the man.”

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