The prospect of former England Captain John Terry playing either in neutral coloured underwear or naked may seem a little far-fetched. But lawyers and advisers for the player says that while he can be formally stopped from wearing either the Chelsea or England strip, to stop him playing professional soccer may be a restraint of trade.
Terry was seen recently undergoing personal training wearing multi-coloured pyjamas, but as soccer lawyer Martin Fairnsbairns of solicitors FC De Reya pointed out “as long as he doesn’t wear a white shirt or blue shirt that could be construed as representing either Chelsea or England, then he can legally play. But a red shirt would lead to confusion with a number of national and international sides, as would virtually any other colour. Even then, any recognisably football oriented kit of any colour with the possible exception of pink, may suggest any side, including, indeed, Leyton Orient.”
“ Legally, the answer may be a tartan jock strap and turquoise socks, which as far as we are aware would not clash with any recognisable side, an FA spokesman said. “But a flesh coloured body stocking may be the best way forward, although would probably lead to an immediate sending off for unsportsmanlike conduct. With the transfer window now closed, the only solution would be for Terry to join Ballet Rambert FC who are, we understand looking for broad minded centre-backs.”