Drogba Video Rating: 4 / 5
Drogba Video Rating: 4 / 5
Chelsea and England captain John Terry did not accept the offer of a handshake from Football Association chairman David Bernstein in a ceremony to hand over the Champions League trophy back to UEFA. Bernstein played a key role in stripping John Terry of his captaincy from the England national team on charges of being guilty of racism. Terry was found not guilty of racism by the court of law, but the FA deemed that he was guilty of using racial words against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
The 32-year-old was stripped of the England captaincy, while he also announced his decision to retire from international duty. Terry was also banned for four matches as well. Speaking about his decision not to shake hands with Bernstein, Terry said that it was extremely difficult for him given that Bernstein had spoken about him at the court of law. Chelsea’s year as the European champions came to an end recently, and a ceremony was held in London to hand the trophy back to UEFA. After announcing his retirement from international duty, he said that his position was untenable.
The 69-year-old, Bernstein, has said that he has other things to worry rather than just the lack of handshake between him and the Chelsea defender.
“It’s a difficult one for me. He spoke about me in the court case,” said Terry. “My relationships with everyone here are really fantastic. I didn’t notice a thing and I think we should talk about more positive things than that sort of nonsense. I’m not really terribly concerned. I have other things to think about. In my last three months I have other priorities,” said Bernstein. Bernstein will be stepping down from his role after more than two years in charge of the FA. Terry announced his international retirement in September.
The captain of the Ivory Coast football team, Didier Drogba, has hailed the Nigerian team and has said that the super eagles were the deserving winners in the quarter final of the Africa Cup of nations.
Ivory Coast was defeated by Nigeria in the quarterfinal match of the Africa Cup of nations yesterday by a narrow margin of 2-1. The match was played at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The Elephants had come into this tournament as the favourites and many experts were excepting them to go all the way to win the tournament. But, they were stunned by a well balanced Nigerian side.
For Nigeria, the goal scorers were Emenike and Sunday Mba. On the other hand, for Ivory Coast, the only goal was scored by Cheikh Tiote.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Drogba said, “Their performance was outstanding today. They are a very good team and they executed their plans perfectly on the field today. They deserved to be the winners.”
“I think Nigeria is playing the best football in this competition. I am backing them to win this tournament. They have got better and better with each match. If they keep playing like this, it will be difficult to stop them.”
When asked what went wrong for Ivory Coast today, Drogba said, “We didn’t perform that poorly today. It happens in football. Sometimes, you put up a good show, but, you end up losing the game. And, in other matches, you don’t play that well, but, you find yourself on the winning side. We tried hard and played some good football, but, in spite of that we lost.”
Ivory Coast was the favourite to win the Africa Cup of nations last year as well, but, the team had lost the final match against Zambia.