Mid-Day Ticker: Terry faces longer ban, Lazio dealt shock loss and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Terry faces longer ban, Lazio dealt shock loss and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Terry faces longer ban, Lazio dealt shock loss and more

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John Terry is already ineligible for the UEFA Champions League final. What remains to be seen is if he'll have to miss any time in European competitions next season.

Terry was given a straight red card for his knee to the back of Alexis Sanchez in the first half of Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Barcelona, and a UEFA panel will meet on May 31 to determine whether to increase the ban from the automatic one-game suspension.

"Sanchez was darting in behind me, I've seen the replay and it does look bad, but I'm not the type of player to go out and intentionally hurt anyone," Terry told reporters following the match. "I've raised my knee, which I shouldn't have done in hindsight, but hopefully the people out there that know me, as a player and a person, know I'm not like that. 

"At the time, I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit, but looking at it on the replay, I've no complaints."

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NOVARA SHOCK LAZIO AS SERIE A RACE HEATS UP

Lazio's plans on participating in next season's UEFA Champions League have taken a bit of a detour.

Despite facing relegation-bound Novara, Lazio dropped a 2-1 result on Wednedsay and now lead Napoli for third place by a single point with four matches remaining in the season. The loss also opens the door for Inter Milan and Udinese, who trail Lazio by three points as they make a late surge for Europe.

Inter put themselves back in position by dealing Udinese a 3-1 loss Wednesday on the strength of two Wesley Sneijder goals. Although Roma fell to Fiorentina on Wednesday, they are still in the hunt as well, trailing Lazio by five points. All of those teams have no shot at catching Juventus and AC Milan, who have been the two runaway Scudetto contenders for weeks.

MARADONA THREATENS TO QUIT AL WASL

If the necessary funds aren't freed up by the summer transfer window, Diego Maradona could walk away from his post as coach of United Arab Emirates side Al Wasl.

That is the threat that the former Argentine legend has reportedly made to his employers, something they've heard before. Maradona made a similar threat during the winter transfer period over the same issue.

''I will be ready to leave if I cannot get the players I want,'' Maradona said. ''If I can't compete, there is no reason to continue. If the players are too expensive or the club lacks of budget, maybe then my leaving the club will be easier on them. They will be able to keep the funds for the players and then invest it in something else they require.''

CHELSEA RECEIVE £45 MILLION FOR MAKING FINAL

Fernando Torres' goal Tuesday not only clinched Chelsea's place in the Champions League final, it also almost covers the entire transfer fee the club spent to acquire him from Liverpool.

Chelsea will receive £45 million in television money alone for reaching the UCL final, nearly matching the £50 million it spent to purchase Torres. That revenue number could grow as well, depending on ticket and merchandise sales and additional sponsors.

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How long of a ban do you think Terry deserves for his red card? Who do you see capturing the third and final UCL spot in Serie A? Think Maradona is bluffing? What should Chelsea do with all that extra cash?

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