When we talk about drama in football we usually refer to the tension felt during the middle of a match, and not the melodrama that would be more fitting in a soap opera.
But in 2010 those lines were blurred in a big way when rumours began circulating of John Terry’s extramarital affair with model Vanessa Perroncel – the girlfriend of former club and country teammate Wayne Bridge.
The news was huge and it seemed that everyone with an interest in football had an opinion on the situation, with most having already made their minds up about the Chelsea captain’s behaviour.
Not long after the discourse began seven years ago, Terry’s Chelsea hosted Manchester City, who by this point was playing for the visitors, and instead of the buildup to the February game revolving around tactics, it was all about what the two players would do with each other in the pre-match handshake.
Bridge opted not to shake his former teammate’s hand, much to the delight of newspaper editors and non-Chelsea fans all over the country, but he has opened up on the incident for the first time since it happened.
And despite moving on in his personal life and retiring from the game, the 36-year-old has revealed that the whole episode still plays heavily on his mind and making a huge claim to suggest that the incident overshadowed the rest of his career as a footballer.
“The most disappointing aspect of it all is that I’m probably more famous for not shaking someone’s hand than I am for playing football,” he told The Sun.
“I get abuse walking down the street now and I let it go in one ear and out the other. It’s a handshake after all, nothing more.
“It’s so hard for me to talk about the scenario because there would be other stuff to divulge. But what I will say is that I could not believe the atmosphere at the game that day and the reaction of my team-mates, in the build up to the match and during.”
City ended up winning the game 4-2, with Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy netting a brace each. Bellamy also famously gave a hint into what he thought about ‘JT’ in his post-match comments, which you can see in the video below.
The Blues had the last laugh, though, as they went on to lift the Premier League trophy, with this game appearing to be nothing more than a bump in the road on the way there.
For Bridge, though, his career naturally wound down shortly afterwards. From 2011 he spent loan spells with the likes of West Ham, Sunderland and Brighton in the Championship, and then spending a brief period with Reading before retiring in 2014.