Martin Keown accuses John Terry of influencing referees

The former Arsenal defender believes that the Chelsea captain leads the pack when it comes to influencing match officials.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has accused Chelsea captain John Terry of ‘leading the pack’ when it comes to intimidating referees.

The former England captain is frequently seen in discussions with the referee in games, with many saying he openly influences the official’s decisions through intimidation.

Now, former Arsenal captain Keown has echoed those sentiments, suggesting that John Terry is the leader of the pack in regards to confronting referees and trying to sway their decisions in his team’s favour.

“John Terry is the leader of the pack now,” wrote Keown on his Kicca account.

“He runs faster towards a row involving the referee than he does in the rest of the game! He will argue his captain’s armband gives him the right to be there, but there is more to it than that. He leads the charge.”

Surrounding the referee

The defender turned pundit has also admitted that big clubs intimidating match officials is not a new thing in football, despite the perception of it being a modern element of the sport.

In fact, that is something that Everton manager Roberto Martinez recently alluded to following his side’s late loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Mirror, the Spaniard hit out at Jose Mourinho’s team in his recent match day programme, saying that rather than decisions going against them, they go in favour of the Portuguese manager and his team.

That is an opinion Keown shares, admitting that former Arsenal manager George Graham once told his players to get around the referee in a game against Manchester United, presumably to influence the official’s decisions.

“The aggressive behaviour of players isn’t new, especially when they swarm around the referee,” added Keown.

“It’s unpalatable, but I remember George Graham once accusing us at Arsenal of ‘being too nice’ and to ‘get around the referee’ in a game against Manchester United.”

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch