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Terry gets standing ovation as Chelsea ties PSG

Associated Press Modified: July 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm •  Published: July 22, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — John Terry ran onto the field in the 63rd minute, back in his familiar blue Chelsea uniform instead of a business suit.

Thousands of Blues supporters behind the first-base dugout rose to their feet and cheered.

Nine days after his acquittal in London on racism charges, the Chelsea captain was given a warm welcome back from his club's fans during the European champions' 1-1 exhibition tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night in the first soccer game at new Yankee Stadium.

"It felt very good," Terry said after the game, giving a "thumbs-up" and then walking away from media.

Terry was acquitted of a "racially aggravated public order offense" on July 13 in Westminster Magistrates' Court, accused of making racist remarks to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game last October. The 31-year-old defender still could face charges from England's Football Association.

"John will always be a hero for Chelsea fans. Quite rightly so, the way he's done on the pitch," midfielder Frank Lampard said.

Terry was stripped of his English national team captaincy by the FA in February after he was charged, a move that prompted national team coach Fabio Capello to quit.

"He's come through the ranks of our club and he's an icon. He's just happy he can move on and play football again," Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said.

A matchup of two of the world's wealthiest clubs featured 20 substitutions and drew a crowd of 38,202 to the $1.5 billion granite-and-limestone stadium, which opened in 2009.

An overwhelming blue-clad, pro-Chelsea crowd made Yankee Stadium feel a bit like London's Stamford Bridge, with six sections of loud Blues supporters behind the first-base dugout, opposite five rows of PSG fans at the front of the left-field bleachers.

Chelsea fans hung the familiar "JT Captain, Leader, Legend" and "Born Is The King" banners from the back wall of the Legends Suite section behind the Yankees dugout.

Nene put PSG ahead in the 30th minute after Javier Pastore dribbled around a defender and sent a shot off Petr Cech's near post. The ball rebounded to Nene, whose shot went in off a leg of defender David Luiz

Lucas Piazon, an 18-year-old Brazilian forward who signed last year but has yet to play a competitive match for Chelsea, entered in the 65th and tied the score in the 82nd after exchanging passes with Ramires on a counterattack down the right flank.

"He's definitely one to watch for the future," Di Matteo said.

One of the world's most expensive stadiums hosted two of the planet's highest-spending clubs. Chelsea has won three Premier League titles since Roman Abramovich took control in 2003 and last May added its first Champions League crown.

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