Terry given guard of honor in unusual farewell
ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2017 10:43 AM
Chelsea's John Terry claps his side's fans as his is substituted off in the 26th minute, to match his 26 shirt number as he is expected to leave the club, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea players gathered to form a guard of honor as John Terry's final appearance at Stamford Bridge came to an unusual end on Sunday.
The club's captain and longest-serving player was substituted in the 26th minute, matching his shirt number during a 22-year association with Chelsea.
Sunderland manager David Moyes revealed afterward that his team collaborated with Chelsea to ensure the ball would go out around the 26th minute
Terry was making his 717th appearance for Chelsea, playing Sunderland in the league.
It's not yet known whether Terry will retire at the end of this season or seek the first permanent transfer of his career.
While Terry's Premier League career with Chelsea is now over, he could still feature when Antonio Conte's title-winning side attempts to complete a domestic double in Saturday's FA Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley.