Cech: Time to move on

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says it is time to draw a line under the John Terry court case and concentrate on the club's future.

The Blues skipper was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, to bring an end to a saga that has engulfed Stamford Bridge these past few months.

After the players returned to pre-season training last week as preparations for the 2012-13 campaign began in earnest, Roberto Di Matteo's first-team squad flew out to Seattle on the first stop of their tour of North America.

"We need to move forward, forget about the past and concentrate on the future. That is the only way," Cech told Sky Sports News.

Whilst the game's image has been considerably damaged by recent events, highlighting the amount of bad language used on the pitch, the 31-year-old says that things are unlikely to change because it is something ingrained in the sport.

Without condoning the behaviour in any way, Cech says that the level of emotion, heightened during matches means that bad language is commonplace, and, as far as he can see, always will be.

"If every player had a microphone some people would be very surprised about what gets said on a football pitch," he explained. "I think football always has been, and always will be, the same.

"You have a lot of adrenaline, a lot of joy, a lot of frustration. You cannot really take this away from the sport.

"You live the game for 90 minutes, 100 per cent focused, and you want the game to go your way, and sometimes the frustration or the happiness makes you swear and do things like that, but it is okay."

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