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Coaching and Development Manager
Football Federation South Australia
AVB - Terry card not planned
Andre Villas-Boas has denied captain John Terry deliberately earned himself a yellow card against Wolves to ensure he missed a Carling Cup match rather than a crucial league clash.
The defender was booked for time-wasting at a throw-in by referee Lee Mason in the last minute of Saturday's 3-0 victory over Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
The caution marked Terry's fifth of the season which brings a one-match ban, ruling him out of Tuesday night's quarter-final cup tie at home to Liverpool.
But manager Villas-Boas insists the act was not pre-planned to ensure Terry is free to lead Chelsea throughout their busy December schedule, which includes key games against Manchester City, Tottenham and Newcastle United.
He told The Sun: "Terry got a yellow card from a throw-in. Ashley Cole was looking for the best options and couldn't find any so Terry's out on Tuesday.
"It wasn't a deliberate yellow card as they're not allowed by UEFA.
"Frank Lampard was also on four yellow cards and we didn't force it."
Date: 2011-11-28 17:28:08