Chelsea Football Club have released a statement denying that the club captain took £10,000 from the News of the World reporters for a tour of the clubs training facilities, as alleged in yesterdays paper.
The statement reads in full:
“Chelsea Football Club hosts a large number of visitors at the training ground throughout the year. The majority of which are made up of club sponsors, our charity partners and supporters.
The players play a big part in these visits and John Terry naturally has a leading role, hosting a significant number of children and their families this season through our partner charities Help a London Child and Right to Play. John has also organised a number of visits for families with sick children as a result of personal correspondence.
Contrary to media reports and the appearance of edited video this morning, the club is confident that at no time did John Terry ask for, or accept any money in relation to visits to the training ground.
Chelsea FC gives our players room to exercise their own discretion when contacted personally with regard to visits, and the club keeps security and access to the training ground and Stamford Bridge under constant review.
However, as a result of the security breach highlighted by today’s article, we will be further reviewing access to our facilities and clamping down where there are gaps in the process.”
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