Lot of people are saying that Big JT has got off lightly with a four game ban. Well I tell you what, those people don’t know jack about football. To normal people four games might not seem that much but believe me four games is like a lifetime in football.
When I was a Portsmouth I got a four-game ban for trying to sell what turned out to be pirated Premier League merchandise (shirts, DVDs, Gary Neville duvet covers) on eBay as a sideline. They done me for bringing the game into disrepute and I got a letter saying I was banned for four games. In those four games I lost my place (in the reserves; to be fair I was not really in serious first-team contention at the time), drifted out of favour and Harry Redknapp used it as an excuse to drum me out of the club in the transfer window.
It was only years later that I found out from a very good contact at the FA (my cousin was having it away a friend of Faria Alarms) that it was all total bull. The Premier League and FA don’t have the authority to ban someone for anything like that. Turned out that Portsmouth themselves had told me I was banned because Milan Mandaric was sick of the sight of me, done a letter on forged paper and basically used it as Trojan Horse to force me out of my Fratton Park dream. I’m not saying that Chelsea have set JT up because he’s got a load of moody training tops from a bloke in China, but on the other hand if I was John I’d be keeping a very close eye on things for them four games and definitely not buying anything without getting a receipt.