English FA Investigates John Terry’s 26th Minute Substitution

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The English Football Association has asked betting companies to provide information on wagers placed on John Terry’s stage-managed substitution during Chelsea’s 5-1 win over Sunderland last weekend.

The Blues captain arranged with manager Antonio Conte to be replaced on the 26th minute but the information was leaked and fans claim to have made big money from betting on the switch.

Terry, who will leave champions Chelsea at the end of the season, was given a guard of honour as he left the pitch in the 26th minute of his final Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.

He later confirmed that the send-off in the minute that matched his shirt number was orchestrated following talks with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The governing body confirmed on Tuesday it had contacted bookmakers in relation to the incident.

The former head of security at FIFA and ex INTERPOL sleuth said: “If the manipulation of play to create the substitution and honouring opportunity was officially sanctioned, no problem except that the sport bookmakers should have been warned and could have avoided losses.

“There should be no unsanctioned manipulation of the free flow of competition permitted by the rules of the game.

“Play and competition without fail should be honest, clean and earnest.”

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