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Chelsea manager decides against stadium ban appeal

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will miss Saturday's match at Stoke after opting not to appeal against his one-match stadium ban.

Mourinho will not be allowed to attend Chelsea's match at Stoke. Credit: Reuters

The ban means Mourinho must stay away from the Britannia Stadium and was imposed following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last month.

The Blues boss "admitted a Football Association charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area" at Upton Park and was fined £40,000 alongside the stadium ban.

Only an appeal against that penalty would have allowed Mourinho to enter the Britannia Stadium, but he has accepted the sanction.

Asked if he would appeal, Mourinho said:

No. Because the match is tomorrow and I know the result of that appeal already. I decided to give up. I don't speak about it. It's stupid to fight a fight that you know you have already lost.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Terry: Chelsea players '100% behind' Jose Mourinho

Chelsea captain John Terry is adamant Jose Mourinho retains the support of the players and does not wish to contemplate the manager being sacked.

Terry says Chelsea's players are fully behind Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Chelsea have lost nine of 17 games in all competitions this season, leading to suggestions Mourinho could lose his job, and there have been rumours of dressing room unrest.

"I can assure you right now the players are 100% behind the manager," Terry said.

Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich's 12-year ownership on October 5, but Chelsea have one win in five matches since ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev.

Asked how he and the players would feel if Mourinho did leave, Terry said:

It's not going to come to that. The club have shown faith in the best manager in the history of this football club.

He's by far, by a long, long way the very best. It's not what ifs. For me we're going to turn this around. I'm adamant we're going to turn this round and he'll be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I've finished playing at this football club.

– Chelsea captain John Terry

Team news: Chelsea striker ruled out for a few weeks

Striker Radamel Falcao is out of Chelsea's Champions League Group G clash with Dynamo Kiev after picking up an injury in training on Tuesday.

Falcao has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

The on-loan Monaco striker took part in training, with manager Jose Mourinho afterwards reporting the Colombian had a "muscular injury" which would keep him out for a few weeks.

Right-back Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) and winger Pedro (undisclosed) took part in training and could return, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) remains out.

Chelsea squad: Begovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Blackman, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek.


Chelsea captain destroys Robbie Savage with jibe

John Terry has ripped into footballer-turned-pundit Robbie Savage by claiming his criticism is worthless because he played "at a really bad level".

Terry and Savage come up against each other in 2006. Credit: PA

The Chelsea skipper has come under fire in recent weeks, as his performances and those of the reigning champions have left them languishing near the Premier League drop zone.

Speaking ahead of this week's Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev, former England captain Terry said he was happy to take criticism on board from distinguished trio Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville.

"I sit there and listen and take everything in, and try to improve," he said: "I don’t look at that in a negative way."

The central defender finds it much more difficult accepting critcism from Savage, however, who won the League Cup with Leicester in 2000 and the old division two play-offs at Crewe in 1997.

"When certain other people speak," Terry added, "Maybe I don’t listen, maybe I don’t take it on the chin when players who’ve not had a career, have played at a really bad level throughout their career and come for people who’ve achieved what I’ve achieved in the game. You know, Robbie Savage being one of them."

Cesc Fabregas tweets his support for Chelsea manager

Fabregas has been out of sorts this season. Credit: PA

Cesc Fabregas has tweeted his support for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stressing he is "extremely happy" at the club and has an "excellent relationship with the manager".

The Spanish midfielder, who was left out of Mourinho's starting line-up for Saturday's defeat against Liverpool, said:

I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports form some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager.

There maybe certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again.

– @cesc4official
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