Ukranian president blames John Terry for civil unrest in Kiev

Posted by Chris Wright

A cursory Google search will provide you with a fairly long list of tabloid misdemeanours that John Terry can definitely be blamed for from a legal perspective, but pointing the finger at the Chelsea captain for sparking the bitter civil unrest currently engulfing Ukraine would be a bit of a stretch in most people's books.

Not so, however, for Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who has managed to trace the source of the violent protests in Kiev back to the England captain's heroic-but-decidedly debatable "goal-line clearance" against Ukraine during Euro 2012 -- replays of which showed the ball crossing the line.

Ukraine went on to lose 1-0, a result that knocked them out of the tournament they were co-hosting with Poland, with President Yanukovych citing the Terry incident as the root for the often violent opposition his hardline government are currently facing.

Indeed, Yanukovych was recently visited by two U.S. senators and proceeded, as the Daily Mirror have it, to embark on a "70-minute rant" about his perilous position, which included several references to Terry.

Speaking on his personal blog, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy described Mr Yanukovych's diatribe as "the longest monologue to which I have ever borne witness" before adding:

"[Yanukovych] opens by restating his commitment to joining the EU, but spends most of the speech listing the slights he feels Europe has lodged against him and his country.

"At one point he spends more than a few minutes talking about a disallowed goal by Ukraine in a 2012 Euro Cup match against England.

"After over an hour, I gently interrupt, asking if it would be better if we had a back and forth dialogue. He relents."


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