John Terry answered his critics last night with a sterling show of sportsmanship following Chelsea's Champions League exit.
English hearts once again swelled with pride as the role model insisted on voraciously congratulating all four match officials in some detail and at length, when the final whistle blew.
The former England captain seemed proud to carry on this wonderful club tradition on the rare occasions that Chelsea lose as several of his team mates formed an orderly queue behind him.
The Stamford Bridge faithful - some of whom have been supporting the club for weeks - were seen leaving the stadium with several minutes to go, seemingly unable to cope with the scale of the impending gentlemanly conduct that would doubtlessly unfold.
The Blue Army were obviously upset at their team's exit from the competition but some fans remained stoic with one eye on the bigger picture.
One idiot hit the nail on the head by saying: "It's disappointing, but while Internazionale march on to the quarter finals, at least we'll be spared the sight of John Terry falling on his arse while missing a penalty and then crying like a great big girl having cost us the game, like last time we got the final."
Manchester United remain in the competition.