Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas refutes claims that captain John Terry got himself deliberately booked against Wolves in order to miss their Carling Cup clash with Liverpool rather than a crucial Premier League match.
Terry was shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the final minute of Saturday's 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. It was his fifth booking of the season and means the England centre-back must serve a one-match ban that rules him out of Tuesday's Carling Cup quarter-final.
But Villas-Boas insists Terry, who scored the opening goal against Wolves, didn't plan to get booked to wipe the slate clean ahead of a hectic December programme which includes vital games against Premier League leaders Manchester City and Tottenham.
"It wasn't a deliberate yellow card as they're not allowed by UEFA," Villas-Boas told The Sun. "Frank Lampard was also on four yellow cards and we didn't force it.
"Terry got a yellow card from a throw-in. Ashley Cole was looking for the best options and couldn't find any so Terry's out on Tuesday."
Chelsea's next Premier League match is a tough trip to St James Park to face fourth-place Newcastle, who held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at the weekend.