Chelsea Football Club have confirmed that their captain, John Terry, will miss this weekend’s FA Cup game in favour of “spending more time” with television presenter Vernon Kay, who has also pulled out of his Saturday morning radio show following a week in the news headlines.
Sources close to the club confirmed that Terry, 29, put in the request for compassionate leave to Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti shortly after gratefully learning that Vernon Kay’s indiscretions had moved him off the tabloid front pages.
A club spokesperson said: “John feels he owes a debt of thanks to Vernon and wants to spend a bit of time with him to reward his generosity of spirit. Let’s face it, before news of Vernon’s sex texts fiasco, JT was generally considered to be the muckiest man in England.
“But that all changed the minute Vernon went behind Tess Daly’s back. He’s angered all the middle class housewives in the country – and they are, as we know, the backbone of the nation. The poor b*stard…he doesn’t have a clue what he’s let himself in for.”
Kay, 35, is the presenter of ITV’s Family Fortunes, and shocked the nation this week when he hit the headlines for sending explicit text messages to five page 3 models, leaving his celebrity, ex-model wife to pick up the pieces, claimining a “lack of trust”.
Terry, meanwhie, had originally planned to fly out to Dubai this weekend to spend more time with his wife, Toni and his two children, but changed his plans after it became clear that public opinion had turned forcibly against Kay following this week’s tabloid revelations.
“The timing couldn’t have been better,” said Terry’s agent last night. “John isn’t sure if Vernon meant for this to come out when it did, but either way, it seems to have taken some off the heat off him quite a bit. He’s been trying to get in touch with Vernon all week to sort something out – after all it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday, and he’s pretty sure that after the week he’s had, Vernon will be free.”
A family friend of Kay confirmed that he will be spending the weekend with the former England captain, and that they would: “go out for a few beers, chat about what it’s like to be reviled by an entire nation, and compare notes on their liasons with models. It’s an important step in the process of rebuilding themselves as fine, upstanding members of society.”