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Terry not to blame – steward

LONDON, March 18 – Chelsea captain John Terry was not to blame for driving into a club security guard, the wounded official said as the footballer was set to visit him Thursday.England centre-half Terry was questioned by the police and breathalysed after leaving Chelsea’s deputy security manager Steve Rowley with a badly bruised leg as he drove away from the club’s Stamford Bridge ground.

"John was quickly in contact with me once he realised what had happened and there’s no bad feeling at all on my part," Rowley said in a brief statement through the west London club.

"It wasn’t his fault at all, it was a complete accident."

The security chief was taken to hospital.

Terry, 29, accompanied by his wife Toni, had been driving slowly and was found to be within the legal alcohol limit.

He was expected to visit Rowley on Thursday, the defender’s spokesman Phil Hall said.

The security guard was trying to clear a scrum of photographers and fans as Terry left the ground Tuesday after the Blues were knocked out of the Champions League round of 16.

The English Premier League title-chasers were beaten 1-0 by Italian champions Inter Milan, knocking the Blues out 3-1 on aggregate.

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"The club made contact with John and put the police in touch," spokesman Hall told Sky Sports television.

"They breathalysed him but he hadn’t had a single drop to drink so the breathalyser showed nothing.

"John answered any questions they asked and that was the end of the matter. Since then he’s found out the name of person and called him.

"He was really upset this had happened because the security guys were obviously trying to help him. He was very apologetic."

Terry has rarely been out of the headlines in recent weeks.

He was sacked as England captain by coach Fabio Capello amid allegations of an affair with the ex-girlfriend of former international and Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge.

A spell of poor form from Terry coincided with Chelsea losing to Everton and Manchester City, allowing title rivals Manchester United to replace them at the top of the Premier League.

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