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John Terry hits back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's baby talk

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John Terry has defended his Chelsea team-mates for the way they confronted the match officials in the 2-2 draw against Pars Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

Chelsea lead the game twice but crashed of the Champions League on the away goals rule after Thiago Silva scored a late equaliser in extra time. Despite the drama, the game's main talking point happened when the scoreline was 0-0.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a challenge on Oscar in the 31st minute. The Swede appeared to pull out of the tackle, but a red card was shown by the referee following pressure from Chelsea players. Nine blue shirts surrounded the referee in what critics believed was designed purely to intimidate him into making the harsh decision.

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"It felt like I had a lot of babies around me."

Critics

Ibrahimovic was critical of the behaviour, calling Chelsea players "babies" while Sky Sports presenters Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness also condemned the behaviour.

"When I got the red card all the Chelsea players come around," Ibrahimovic said.

"It felt like I had a lot of babies around me."

Terry was involved in that nine-man team, and has admitted that the practice of surrounding a referee does not look good. However, the Blues captain has defended his team-mates for doing what he deems to be supporting each-other in the heat of battle.

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"And once I go, four or five go with me, it doesn't look good at all but that's part of the game"

"Once they're charging the ref, the only thing we can do is respond," he is quoted on Sky Sports as saying. "You can't as a group of players let them surround the ref, trying to get our players booked.

Part of the game

"For me if I have to run 20, 30 yards, it doesn't look great but when you're standing back and seeing five or six of their players surrounding the ref, for me I think I support my team-mates.

"And once I go, four or five go with me, it doesn't look good at all but that's part of the game. We'll match it if people want to mix it, that's part of our game as well.

"You have to stick up for your team-mates. Every other side is as bad as each other. It's part of the game."

Nothing new

Surrounding the referee has become a trademark of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team. For years, they have been doing the same thing, trying to sway the referee into making a favourable decision. However, last night's referee, Bjorn Kuipers, made several high-profile errors, benefitting both teams.

The Champions League is supposed to have the best referees in Europe, but Kuipers did not meet that standard. It should be the referee in charge of the situation, but it seems the occasion got to him as much as it did Chelsea.

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