It's not over until it's over — i.e. still two games left and then a few weeks for all involved to change their minds — but at the moment, it's looking very likely that John Terry's final act as a Chelsea player will be a sending off as time was expiring on a cool and cloudy afternoon in the far north of England. Sunderland had come from behind twice to take a 3-2 lead; Terry's dismissal only added to the sense of palpable disappointment in what should've been, at least for Chelsea, a meaningless match.
Technically, it was the Chelsea captain's second booking of the night, but The FA's red card rules make no distinction in this case with regards to the nature of the red card. It was Terry's second red of the season, after the one he received away to West Bromwich Albion in August, and that means an automatic two-match suspension instead of the usual one, effectively immediately. So Terry will miss the trip to Liverpool in midweek and the final day party with Jamie Vardy and Leicester at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea career over for John Terry. Two yellows = red. One game ban (LFC). Additional game ban for sending off earlier in season. Bye.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) May 7, 2016
Rumors have largely died out around one more contract extension for Mr. Chelsea. He's even booked his own farewell party, according to the latest reports. There's still a chance that the situation might change, but we very well could've seen the last of John Terry in a Chelsea shirt.
Not exactly a 'scoring the winning penalty' or 'lifting the Premier League trophy' sort of farewell...