John Terry took to social media to warn a young Chelsea supporter that a personalised picture he posted of the Blues skipper on Instagram was in fact a fake, despite the fact the fan actually purchased a copy of the 'autographed image' from the official club shop at Stamford Bridge.
The Independent reports how the 34-year-old defender unintentionally made the newly crowned Premier League champions look slightly stupid for selling an inaccurate computerised version of his writing on a photograph for £9.99 in the store.
“Where did you receive this from... that’s not my writing or signature?" commented Terry underneath the post. "It’s fake and if you paid for it you should ask for your money back. JT.”
However 17-year-old Clarence d'Souza (or clarence_cfc) quickly came back with a response that nobody could've possibly expected: "I got this computerised autograph from the Chelsea store when I visited Stamford Bridge last week."
Unsurprisingly, the online exchange between player and fan gained plenty of traction and spread like wildfire across the internet, forcing the club to release a statement regarding the questionable memorabilia.
“These printed digital photos are licensed by a third party company and sold as a personalised gift at a number of Premier League club shops," said a spokesman.
“All these messages are computer-generated and produced in-store in front of the customer at the time of purchase. We will be revisiting the player signatures on file to make sure they are up to date.”
You've got to say "fair play" to Terry for looking out for the Chelsea supporter's best interests, but you can almost certainly bet that the club won't be thanking the veteran centre-back for bringing unwanted attention to the unreliable product.
Clarence was probably just pleased about the fact that he got the chance to interact with one of his boyhood idols, although that hasn't stopped him from submitting a cheeky complaint to the store - presumably in an attempt to get some free gear!
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