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Monday 18 December 2017

Terry: Bellamy a hypocrite for 'affair' jibe

John Terry has branded Craig Bellamy a hypocrite following the Welshman's critical comments regarding his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend.

Terry has remained tight-lipped over reports of an extra-marital dalliance with Vanessa Perroncel, a scandal which cost him the England captaincy and a long-time friend, but he has responded to Bellamy's views.

Speaking after Manchester City's 4-2 win at Chelsea on Saturday, Bellamy said of Terry: "Everybody in football knows what the guy is like. But that is off the field." Terry's retort was to the point: "People in glass houses should not throw stones."

The fallout from Saturday's game is still being felt, with many of Bridge's City team-mates baffled by the treatment meted out to the full-back at Stamford Bridge.

Bridge -- a former Chelsea player -- was booed by Chelsea fans after choosing to snub Terry's offer of a handshake prior to the match, and that has gone down badly in the City dressing room.

"I don't know why the crowd reacted the way it did," said Shay Given. "I don't see what he has done wrong."

It is a fairly poor state of affairs if an alleged affair between the mother of your son and a one-time close friend, followed by a personal decision to step down for World Cup duty to benefit England as a whole, results in jeers.

That is what happened though. And now that it has, Gareth Barry, a team-mate for both club and country, has called for some understanding.

"Of course, I am sad to see Wayne has pulled out of the England squad," said the midfielder.

"He is a great player and would improve the squad and team when he plays. But like many other people (I've) said I respect his decision.

"You can't imagine yourself in that position and what you'd do unless it happens to you.

"Being the person Wayne is, he didn't want to rub anything in.

"He used to play for Chelsea, he kept his emotions to himself and his performance was brilliant."

Not that Barry believes any sympathy for Bridge will stop England giving their best at the World Cup.

"It's personal issues and as professionals you have to put it aside, once we are together it will all be forgotten and we will try to win a game of football," he said.

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