Terry refuses to apologise to Milner

Chelsea and England defender John Terry has refused to apologise to his international teammate James Milner for a knee high challenge during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The Blues beat Aston Villa 3-0 thanks to goals from Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard. However, Villa boss Martin O’Neill was not impressed with Terry’s challenge calling on the defender to say sorry for what he believes could have been a career ending tackle.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, however, defended Terry afterward claiming that the former England captain had attempted to speak to Milner after the game. ‘I think the yellow card was right,’ Ancelotti said. ‘I saw the tackle on the television. John touched the ball before making contact with Milner.’

‘I know that Terry called Milner and, for Milner, it was okay. I think the decision of the referee was right. It was a yellow card,’ Ancelotti continued. ‘The rules say that, if you have the intention to touch the ball, it's not a red card. I know he tried to speak with Milner after the game on Saturday. He went to their locker room but it was locked.’

A spokesman for Chelsea later confirmed that Terry had been in contact with Milner via text messages but didn’t feel he was required to say sorry. ‘They texted each other last night and John was checking to see if he was okay,’ the spokesman said. ‘He didn't say sorry.’

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