Chelsea defend Terry

LONDON - Chelsea released a statement rejecting allegations that captain John Terry took secret cash payments to arrange tours of their training ground.

LONDON - Chelsea released a statement rejecting allegations that captain John Terry took secret cash payments to arrange tours of their training ground.

The News of the World claimed Terry had taken £10000 pounds (R121380) - £8000 to go to charity and £2000 to a middleman - and produced transcripts of tapes in which the England captain seemingly acknowledged he was doing so without the knowledge of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"Chelsea FC host 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 club said.

"The players play a big part in these visits and John Terry naturally has a leading role, hosting a significant number of 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." - Sapa-DPA

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