John Terry will receive an award for his “outstanding contribution” to London football at an awards ceremony next month.
London Football Awards organiser Bob Wilson – founder of the Willow Foundation charity – is clearly uninterested in a charge sheet that features using racist language towards a fellow (London) professional.
“People only read the bad publicity about him,” Wilson told the Evening Standard. “I’m sure it concerns him but the John Terry I know loves football, is desperate to get everything he can out of it and has inspired his team-mates as one of game’s finest leaders, comparable with Tony Adams.
“He has always been very humble and gracious with me and he is a hugely deserving winner. Sometimes we get clouded by off-field activities but his commitment to one club for so long is a rare thing in an age when so many footballers fail to show that kind of loyalty.
“His contract expires at the end of the season and it would be a mistake not to give him an extension.”
The Outstanding Contribution award was won last year by Arsene Wenger. The nominations for the other awards are as follows:
Premier League Player of the Year: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Willian (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Watford), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
London Young Player of the Year (Under‑23): Dele Alli, Eric Dier (both Tottenham), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Ademola Lookman (Charlton), Moussa Dembele (Fulham).
London Manager of the Year: Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal), Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford), Slaven Bilic (West Ham).
London Goalkeeper of the Year: Adrian (West Ham), Petr Cech (Arsenal), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Heurelho Gomes (Watford).
Football League Player of the Year: Dembele, Ross McCormack (both Fulham), Alan Judge (Brentford), Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient), Matt Phillips (QPR).
London Women’s Player of the Year: Eni Aluko, Katie Chapman, Fran Kirby (all Chelsea), Casey Stoney, Leah Williamson (both Arsenal).
London Community Project of the Year (sponsored by Toscafund): Brentford — Deaf Sports Plus Project, Arsenal —Freedom from Torture, West Ham — Moore Family Foundation Project.