Chelsea's Frank Lampard is disappointed that captain John Terry will be denied the chance to lift the Champions League trophy if the Blues win the final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on 19 May.
Terry was sent off for kneeing Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in his back during the first half of Chelsea's semi-final triumph at Camp Nou on Tuesday and UEFA rules do not permit a suspended player from joining the presentation ceremony.
"I'm devastated for JT. He is a huge player for this club and the central point as captain. A few players will miss the final but for John especially we know how much it means to him. He's devastated and it was hard to console him on Tuesday but he will be there with us for the final and hopefully we can win it as a group," the Sun quoted Lampard as saying. The Chelsea vice-captain also added he does not have any thoughts about lifting the cup and is only focused on helping the Blues win the final.
"My ego doesn't need to lift the trophy. I just want to be part of the team that wins the Champions League and if we do anyone can lift it," the 33 year old said.
Although the suspended players will receive medals and are allowed in the clubs' dressing room, they cannot be in the dug-out or on the pitch for the celebrations even if their team wins, according to the rules. Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were prevented from joining the presentation ceremony when the Red Devils beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 European Cup final at Camp Nou.
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanaovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires - who scored a key goal against Barcelona - will also miss the final after picking up yellow cards in the second leg at Camp Nou. Lampard is sad that the trio, along with Terry, will miss the game in Munich as he believes they played a big part in Chelsea's journey to the final.
"You've got to feel for all of them and they're massive players that we'll miss. Whether we win or lose, those players who miss the final take complete credit for being involved anyway," BBC quoted the midfielder.
Bayern will also miss some key players as defenders Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and midfielder Luis Gustavo are all suspended for the final to be played on their home turf.