Sex Scandal Costs British Soccer Star His Captaincy
John Terry had affair with teammate's galpal, then covered it up
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Model Vanessa Peroncel was reportedly offered $700,000 dollars to keep mum about her affair with England soccer captain John Terry.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Just months before the World Cup, the captain of England’s national soccer team was stripped of the role over a seamy sex scandal. John Terry, 29 and married, had an affair with a teammate’s girlfriend—even paying for an abortion—and then tried through lawyers and, reportedly, hush money to keep things quiet. “The situation was becoming worse by the day,” a source tells the Daily Mail. “(Coach) Fabio (Capello) needed to protect the team.”

“I fully respect Fabio Capello’s decision,” Terry said in a statement to the Sun. “I will continue to give everything for England.” Meanwhile, Vanessa Perroncel, the 28-year-old French lingerie model on the other end of the relationship, denied she’d been paid off, and said she wouldn’t take tabloids’ money to talk.