Chelsea skipper John Terry has held his tongue over the controversial missed penalty against Manchester United for fear of UEFA punishment.
The Blues were incensed that a late appeal for a penalty went begging in their 1-0 Champions League loss at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Midfielder Ramires was cut down by United’s Patrice Evra in the final moments of stoppage time, in what appeared to be a clear-cut decision, but referee Alberto Undiano was unmoved.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said afterward it was a penalty and Terry agreed, though he stopped short of offering more to avoid being rubbed out for the return leg at Old Trafford.
“It was clear. Even from 50 or 60 yards away I could see Ramires got the first touch,” Terry said.
“After the game, we watched it on the video like everyone else. It was a clear penalty. Anywhere else in the world – at the Camp Nou, Old Trafford, San Bernabeu – it’s a penalty.”
“I think the most frustrating thing for the players is that we can’t come out here and be honest about it.”
“We would face possible bans. We’re seeing players receiving bans left, right and centre for speaking honestly after games.”
“You guys lose out, the players can’t be honest and we end up walking on eggshells. Unfortunately I can’t say more about it.”
The 30-year-old acknowledged Chelsea had performed below their best in the quarter-final but remained steadfast in his belief his side can turn around the aggregate next Tuesday.
“Being the home tie you would have expected a little bit more from us,” he said.
“But it’s clearly not over, we’re not giving up and by no means are the lads getting their heads down.”
“We are still right in the tie; we can do what they’ve done tonight. As the manager said, ‘it’s not over, it’s half-time’.”
“We did it last year, we went up there and beat them 2-1 when nobody expected us to. So we are capable of going up there and winning.”
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