John Terry has refuted suggestions that manager Jose Mourinho instructs his players to pressure referees into favouring Chelsea.
The Blues courted criticism on Wednesday for the way in which they surrounded referee Bjorn Kuipers as the Dutchman sent off Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their Champions League elimination to Paris Saint-Germain.
Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher condemned Mourinho’s players over the incident, with the latter suggesting that the conduct stems from the Portuguese’s orders.
But the Chelsea skipper has rubbished those claims. He told Sky Sports News: “Has Jose ever asked us to put pressure on officials? No never. Not in his previous time here, or this time, it’s the complete opposite.
“Never has the manager, or in fact any other manager I’ve worked with has insisted on that.
“When we sit down with the PFA and the Premier League every season [hassling officials] is spoken about and it is brought up and it’s our duty as captain to make that run and it’s not to go there and get players sent off, it’s to pull away my teammates.”