A tribute by John Terry to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been slammed as “appalling” by Labour MP Chris Bryant. John posted about Abramovich on Twitter after the former boss revealed he would be selling Chelsea football club.
He posted a photo of Abramovich, with the caption: “The best.” The football legend added three blue hearts and tagged Chelsea FC’s account. But Chris Bryant criticised John for the tweet. He commented: “This is appalling. I think John Terry you should take this down ASAP. The people of Ukraine are being bombed, shelled and murdered while you celebrate Abramovich.”
The Labour MP spoke up about the issue in the House of Commons, saying on Thursday: “Some of us are anxious about why we’re not going further on the sanctioning of individuals. It’s a mystery to me why Roman Abramovich has not yet been sanctioned.
“The Government itself knows he’s been engaged in illicit activity and he’s a person of concern to the government, which is why they’ve not been encouraging him to come to the UK.
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“I don’t know why Alisher Usmanov has not yet been sanctioned. He’s been sanctioned by the EU but not by us. He owns Sutton Place, I don’t know why we don’t seize that asset. I don’t know why the UK has not yet seized a single yacht, or a flat, or a property of any kind, whilst over countries in Europe are able to do that.
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“Finally, I wonder whether she [Conservative MP Nadine Dorries] would condemn John Terry today. I don’t know whether she’s seen this, but he has posted today a photo of himself with Roman Abramovich, who is one of Putin’s cronies, what will the people of Ukraine think of the former England football captain?”
John Terry’s representatives have been contacted for comment.
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